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Jonathan Alter, Newsweek editor and author, 'The Promise: President Obama, Year One'

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Newsweek writer Jonathan Alter makes good on The Promise: President Obama, Year One

NEW TIME! Barack Obama’s inauguration as president on January 20, 2009, inspired the world. But the great promise of “Change We Can Believe In” was immediately tested by the threat of another Great Depression, a worsening war in Afghanistan, and an entrenched and deeply partisan system of business as usual in Washington. The backstory of Obama’s historic first year in office has until now remained a mystery.

In The Promise: President Obama, Year One, Jonathan Alter, one of the country’s most respected journalists and historians, uses his unique access to the White House to produce the first inside look at Obama’s difficult debut.

Alter will make Sarasota, Florida, one of his early stops on his national book tour for The Promise. He will appear on Tuesday, May 25, at 7:30 pm in Holley Hall, Sarasota. Ticket prices for the May 25th event, which includes a hardcover copy of The Promise—President Obama, Year One, are Member/Book $25, Member Couple/Book $40, Non-member/Book $30, Non-member Couple/Book $45. Students 21 and under are admitted free but no book is included. Reservations for the evening’s presentation can be made online.

Jonathan Alter is a senior editor at Newsweek, where, since 1991, he has written an acclaimed column on politics, history, media, and society at large. He is also an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News.

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