Author and newspaper columnist Keel Hunt is a keen observer of political change. Based in Nashville, at the crossroads of southern tradition and modern transition.

Crossing the Aisle

Crossing the Aisle images_Page_2_Image_0001.jpg

CROSSING THE AISLE offers striking examples of bipartisan cooperation on many policy fronts—and a mode of governing that provides lessons for America in this frustrating era of partisan stalemate. Based on more than 400 interviews, this is truly a book for all Americans.

The Coup

Coup book large.jpg

COUP is the story of the 1979 ouster of Tennessee’s Governor Ray Blanton by senior leaders of his own political party. Based on 163 interviews, it’s the story of one fateful day when unlikely collaborators came together from opposite sides of the political aisle to resolve an extraordinary crisis.

Field Notes

Crossing the Aisle images_Page_3_Image_0001.jpg

Keel’s FIELD NOTES blog presents more frequent posts about current issues, personalities, and our civic life. Please subscribe!


Author and columnist Keel Hunt tells how bipartisanship brought Tennessee to the 21st Century and could SAVE AMERICA.


Want to know modern Tennessee? Order Keel Hunt’s engrossing new book about the continuity politics that has defined the state for 40 years. Engrossing stuff on the Blanton scandal, Lamar, Ned Ray, Bredesen, the Memphis and Nashville jockeying for the NFL, etc.
— Jonathan Martin, Reporter for The New York Times