The Center Holds by Jonathan Alter

The Center Holds

By Jonathan Alter

  • Release Date: 2013-06-04
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
Score: 3.5
From 80 Ratings
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From the bestselling author of The Promise, 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.

The election of 2012 will be remembered as a hinge of history. With huge victories in the 2010 midterm elections the Republican Party had blocked President Obama at every turn and made plans to wrench the country sharply to the right. 2012 offered the GOP a clear shot at controlling all three branches of government and repealing much of the social contract dating back to the New Deal. Facing free-spending billionaires, Fox News, and a concerted effort in 19 states to tilt the election by suppressing Democratic votes, Obama repelled the assault and navigated the nation back to the center.

In The Center Holds, Jonathan Alter produces 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.

Alter relates the untold story behind Obama’s highs and lows, from the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound to the frustration of the debt ceiling fiasco to his unexpected run-ins with black and Latino activists. There are fresh details about the Koch brothers, Grover Norquist, Roger Ailes, and the online haters who suffer from “Obama Derangement Syndrome.” Alter takes us inside Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s Boston campaign as well as Obama’s disastrous preparation for the first debate. We meet Obama’s analytics geeks working out of “The Cave” and the man who secretly videotaped Romney’s infamous comments on the “47 percent.”

The Center Holds will deepen our understanding of the Obama presidency, the stakes of the 2012 election, and the future of the country.


  • The Center Holds

    By pepazmom
    This book was fabulous and an easy read. I was very much involved in the election of Barack Obama following every move. It was so interesting to read what was going on behind the scenes. It's all just a big game in Washington D.C. Forgetting that they were voted to office to take care of American's needs. I'm a Democrat who got involved initially stumping for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. I was hoping she would be the first woman president, but when Obama won the nomination, I quickly got behind him donating to his campaign. Hillary is ready and hope she will run in 2016. I've given two copies of this book as gifts. Loved it.
  • The Center Holds

    By Mick O.
    Jonathan did a great job giving inside insight of the 2012 campaign.
  • Where are the other reviews

    By Manolete1946
    Why do you only show 1 review.Same in other Internet store, only one out of seven(which was terrible).Seems you do not want the us to see the other reviews.Unless I see them-no purchase.
  • Great!

    By Soror D
    Great book! A must read!
  • Review Comments?

    By daddynkiss
    Where are the review comments?