Jonathan Alter is an award-winning author, reporter, columnist and television analyst.He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: "The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies"(2013), "The Promise: President Obama, Year One" (2010) and "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope (2006), also one of the Times' "Notable Books" of the year. Alter spent 28 years at Newsweek, where he was a longtime senior editor and columnist and wrote more than 50 cover stories. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Bloomberg View and other publications. Since 1996, Alter has been an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He is currently an executive producer of "Alpha House," a political comedy created by Garry Trudeau and starring John Goodman that will debut on Amazon in the fall of 2013.
THE CENTER HOLDS: OBAMA AND HIS ENEMIES
The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies is now available as a hardcover and as an ebook.
Jonathan Alter’s “The Center Holds” offers an elegant, intelligent, crisply constructed account of President Obama’s second two years in the White House and his quiet march to a second term. It will be required reading for any serious student of the Obama presidency, present or future.
This well-reported account of how he won, though, can only hint at what lies ahead in an age whose poisonous politics, Alter seems to suggest, may bring out the inner derangement in anyone.Common-sense politics devolve into a season of craziness in this engrossing account of the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign. Journalist Alter follows up his bestselling The Promise: President Obama, Year One with a savvy dissection of the 2010–2012 election cycle and related political dogfights, including budget and debt-ceiling showdowns, the Republican primary circus, and the “Obama Derangement Syndrome” infecting Tea Partiers and talk-radio hosts. At the center are rich portraits of the antagonists: Obama is seen as a cerebral antipolitician with no “schmooze gene” who hates back-slapping, slogan-spewing theatrics; Romney is portrayed as a well-meaning candidate forced to pander to the rabid Right, and unable to convince the middle class he is anything other than a calculating businessman trying to close a deal. Alter’s well-paced narrative delights in campaign folderol, but he also analyzes deeper currents—including state-level Republican “voter-suppression” efforts aimed at Democrats, and the immense Obama field operation that wedded digital modeling and social networks to old-fashioned door-to-door organizing in revolutionary new ways. He makes the horse race coherent by teasing out the class politics and demographic shifts driving it. Lucid, entertaining, and alive to the reality behind the posturing, Alter’s report reveals the high stakes and far-reaching import of the 2012 decision.
Read an excerpt from Wired on how Obama’s reelection campaign was like running for Chicago alderman with the help of nerdy kids who spoke a math language no one else understood.
Also, The New Republic has an excerpt telling us how "What Obama's first debate tells us about his troubled second term".Amazon| Barnes and Noble| IndieBound
- This June, The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies will come out. Pre-order on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
- The pilot for Alpha House, a new comedy, is available for free on Amazon. Jonathan Alter is an executive producer.
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