The Center Holds: Obama And His Enemies

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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.

In The Center Holds, Jonathan Alter provides 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. 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 deepens our understanding of the Obama presidency and the future of the country.


  • CenterHolds 01 Open

    Duration: 01min
  • CenterHolds 02 AuthorsNote

    Duration: 13min
  • CenterHolds 03 Chapter1

    Duration: 20min
  • CenterHolds 04 Chapter1a

    Duration: 29min
  • CenterHolds 05 Chapter2

    Duration: 15min
  • CenterHolds 06 Chapter2a

    Duration: 18min
  • CenterHolds 07 Chapter3

    Duration: 15min
  • CenterHolds 08 Chapter3a

    Duration: 24min
  • CenterHolds 09 Chapter4

    Duration: 21min
  • CenterHolds 10 Chapter4a

    Duration: 24min
  • CenterHolds 11 Chapter5

    Duration: 17min
  • CenterHolds 12 Chapter5a

    Duration: 12min
  • CenterHolds 13 Chapter6

    Duration: 22min
  • CenterHolds 14 Chapter6a

    Duration: 12min
  • CenterHolds 15 Chapter7

    Duration: 21min
  • CenterHolds 16 Chapter7a

    Duration: 22min
  • CenterHolds 17 Chapter8

    Duration: 13min
  • CenterHolds 18 Chapter8a

    Duration: 24min
  • CenterHolds 19 Chapter9

    Duration: 27min
  • CenterHolds 20 Chapter10

    Duration: 13min
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