Synopses & Reviews
From the bestselling author of andlt;Iandgt;The Promiseandlt;/Iandgt;, the thrilling story of one of the most momentous contests in American history, the Battle Royale between Obama and his enemies from the 2010 midterms through the 2013 inauguration.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In andlt;Iandgt;The Center Holdsandlt;/Iandgt;, Jonathan Alter provides the first full account of America at the crossroads. With exclusive reporting and rare historical insight, he pierces the bubble of the White House and the presidential campaigns in a landmark election that marked the return of big money and the rise of big data. He tells the epic story of an embattled president fighting back with the first campaign of the Digital Age.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Alter relates the untold story behind Obamaand#8217;s highs and lows, from the raid on Osama bin Ladenand#8217;s compound to the frustration of the debt ceiling fiasco to his unexpected run-ins with black and Latino activists. Alter takes us inside Mitt Romney and Paul Ryanand#8217;s Boston campaign as well as Obamaand#8217;s disastrous preparation for the first debate. We meet Obamaand#8217;s analytics geeks working out of and#8220;The Caveand#8221; and the man who secretly videotaped Romneyand#8217;s infamous comments on the and#8220;47 percent.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The Center Holdsandlt;/Iandgt; deepens our understanding of the Obama presidency and the future of the country.
and#8220;Highly informed, energetically reportedand#8230;. Alter gives us a lucid picture of the toxic, highly partisan political environment in which todayand#8217;s controversies are occurring.and#8221;
and#8220;Alter's book abounds in such peeks inside the competing campaignsand#8230;excellent reporting.and#8221;
and#8220;A calm, virtuoso work of journalism. Alter brings a clear eye to recognizing both the shortcomings and the victories of the 2012 Obama campaign and the administration before and after the electionand#8230;. one of the best books about our befuddling, original, American version of democracy.and#8221;
and#8220;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 andlt;iandgt;The Promise: President Obama, Year Oneandlt;/iandgt; with a savvy dissection of the 2010and#8211;2012 election cycle and related political dogfights.and#8230;Lucid, entertaining, and alive to the reality behind the posturing, Alterand#8217;s report reveals the high stakes and far-reaching import of the 2012 decision.and#8221;
About the Author
Jonathan Alter is an analystandnbsp;and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He is aandnbsp;former senior editor and columnist for andlt;iandgt;Newsweekandlt;/iandgt;, where he worked for twenty-eight years, writing moreandnbsp;than fifty cover stories. He has also written for andlt;iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Washington Postandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Atlanticandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Vanity Fairandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The New Republicandlt;/iandgt;, and other publications.andnbsp;He is the author ofandnbsp;andlt;iandgt;The Promise: President Obama, Year Oneandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;The Defining Moment: FDRand#8217;s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hopeandlt;/iandgt;, both andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestsellers, and andlt;i andgt;Between the Linesandlt;/iandgt;, a collection of his andlt;i andgt;Newsweek andlt;/iandgt;columns.