Jonathan Alter is a Bloomberg View columnist appearing on Fridays. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope" and "The Promise: President Obama, Year One."
A longtime analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, Alter was for 28 years a senior editor, media critic and columnist for Newsweek, where he covered seven presidential campaigns. A collection of his columns, "Between the Lines: A View Inside American Politics, People and Culture," was published in 2008. His work has appeared in the New Republic, Esquire, Vanity Fair, the Washington Monthly and the New York Times, and his political writing has won numerous awards, including first prize from the National Headliner Awards for a series of columns on life after 9/11.
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