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Alter's sharply observed narrative follows Obama and his dedicated staff through a difficult, turbulent, and mostly successful first year in office. He reads his book in pedestrian fashion, adding little in the way of color or emphasis. Still, Alter takes us through the material ably enough, and the recording's interest is boosted significantly by an interview appended to the end of the book with President Obama from late 2009. The president is calm and assured in making a case for his first year in office, but it is particularly illuminating to hear Alter subtly prod Obama into considering his successes--and his missteps. A Simon & Schuster hardcover.
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Drawing on insider access and more than 200 interviews with key players, Washington veteran Jonathan Alter examines the nascent Obama presidency with a journalist's eye for the telling detail and a historian's perspective. Despite the transparency that the office of president demands (for the most part), Obama remains enigmatic--ebullient, confident, and optimistic; aloof, demanding, and maybe a bit out of touch. Alter, whose obvious admiration for Obama never impedes his journalistic instincts (he candidly discusses Obama's missteps with Wall Street, for example), captures those contradictions well. Presidential chroniclers won't have the advantage of hindsight for some time, but "when it comes ... to the first draft of history, The Promise is more polished--and far more thoughtful--than most" (Los Angeles Times). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
The author, Jonathan Alter is a brilliant journalist and TV commentator from Chicago who probably knows the man Barack Obama better than anyone out here. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nuschler
My God how fawning can one man be toward another without actually declaring his love publicly? Alter really goes over the top in this less then objective puff piece. Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. C. Gorman
We get an inside look at the Obama White House. It may not be pretty but I can tell you that it is something that you won't learn about anywhere else. Enjoy this book!Published 19 months ago by Foothill Ranch 14
No complaints...Used it for a research paper for school and the timelines of the delivery was more than helpful. Thanks!Published 20 months ago by Peter Chlastawa
Love this book. I learned so much from it and I really enjoy the writing style of Jonathan Alter. I love President Obama and think he is a man of great character and truly loves... Read morePublished 21 months ago by S. Buchanan
Most things were covered but with the wrong slant. There was nothing said about some of the mistakes made. In fact it almost seemed as if it was written by Obama.Published on August 9, 2013 by Ted Mahl
Just cant put it down, am telling everyone about this book.
My brother recommended it to me and i am going to recommend to others