It’s DRAMA Obama


“The Center Holds” packs a lot of insight into one volume. Alter is a seasoned journalist who admits his own passions and biases. This election account is essentially told from the Democratic perspective, but he diligently chides Obama for the president’s obvious and numerous first-term failures: message bungling prior to the 2010 election, staff upheaval and cronyism/musical-chairs, a disastrous first debate against Romney. A good share of the book’s first half will be hard for diehard lefties to absorb. On the other hand, Alter definitely skewers the far-right media groups and the emerging never-compromise Tea Party forces even McCain derides as “wacko-birds.” The book skimps on the colorful Republican primary season; very quickly, the match settles in between the two main players. I enjoyed the analysis, but am hoping that Dan Balz’s book and Double Down will have more of the day-to-day drama of what both sides concede was an important choice election for America.

About David B. Smith

I'm a math professor at San Bernardino Valley College - awesome place! - and author of adult Christian fiction. Lisa and I have two grown daughters and four grandkids.
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