Jonathan Alter

Jonathan Alter is an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He is a former senior editor and columnist for Newsweek, where he worked for twenty-eight years, writing more than fifty cover stories. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, and other publications. He is the author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One and The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, both New York Times bestsellers, and Between the Lines, a collection of his Newsweek columns.

Books by this Author

The Center Holds
The Promise
The Defining Moment


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I don't like mottos but believe in staying skeptical yet idealistic.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd ask Abraham Lincoln about his childhood, which is not well understood.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My intense interest in politics and history.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Sense of humor, decency, insight

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. artichoke