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Jonathan Alter: 25 Years of American Politics

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Newsweek senior editor and columnist Jonathan Alter looks back at covering 25 years of the most important political events in American history. His new book Between the Lines.

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Jonathan Alter

Comments [8]

Jerry from Elmhurst, Queens

There is no proof that Warren Harding ever fathered a child. In fact, his doctors told him he was sterile.

The book that Mr. Alter referred to, The President's Daughter, was pure fiction.

Nov. 20 2008 12:36 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

Is this the same Jonathan Alter who had such a stupendous achievement with the Bible?

Have you mentioned it?

>>RSM

Nov. 20 2008 12:32 PM
antonio from park slope

I love lenny's puns!

Nov. 20 2008 12:26 PM
Bobby G from East Village

Concerning the history Mr. Alter refers to when Bush stood on the WTC pile with a Fire Captain and a bullhorn,
Bush DID NOT do what he said he would do, that is bring the perpetrators to justice. The history is Bush's failure.

Nov. 20 2008 12:22 PM
RC

Please Mr. Alter,

Most of these politicians who voted for the war did it because they didn't want to be painted as un patriotic. They probably thought the war would be a cake walk and that even Bush wouldn't be this incompetent.

If they had successfully nation-built, then it wouldn't have mattered if there were WMDs or not.

Nov. 20 2008 12:19 PM
RC

Who was the most overrated politician in your lifetime Mr. Alter?

To me it was Mario Cuomo. Gave one good speech in 1984. But only debated his opponent once (Lou Lehrman) Didn't debate Andy O'rourke and Pataki.
Did debate Koch for mayor.

Couldn't balance a budget.

I would also put Rudy Guiliani in that realm. What does he think about Wayne Barrets book on Guillani and the way Rudy got rich exploiting 9-11.

Nov. 20 2008 12:15 PM
Robbie from Brooklyn

I heard Mr. Alter in an interview this past weekend and was deeply moved by the story he told about his late mother, one of the first women elected in Chicago politics. One of her final acts was to cast a ballot for President-elect Obama. His first-hand perspective on what happened at Grant Park on Nov 4th forty years ago and in 2008 is deeply insightful. I've ordered his new book. Can't wait to read it.

Nov. 20 2008 12:09 PM
Peter from Inwood

For Mr. Alter,

Have you, in your 25 years covering the news, ever seen such a dramatic fall in the fortunes of this country, in the utter failure of the party of finance, the Republican Party, to solve our economic woes, and the people of our country on the brink of ruin?

Nov. 20 2008 12:06 PM

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