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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.
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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’s your best quality?

A. Friendliness and seriousness of purpose

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Watching funny movies.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Atticus Finch

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