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Jonathan Alter to speak at Bay Ridge Historical Society meeting

December 16, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Historical Society President Tom McCarthy says guest speaker Jonathan Alter will “provide us with his perspective on the challenges facing the new president, Donald Trump.” Photo courtesy of Bay Ridge Historical Society
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Award-winning political journalist Jonathan Alter, author of the 2013 bestseller “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies” will discuss President-elect Donald Trump and other issues at the next meeting of the Bay Ridge Historical Society.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Shore Hill, 9000 Shore Road, starting at 7:30 p.m.

“Mr. Alter has been involved in covering and has closely followed the recent presidential election and has offered to provide us with his perspective on the challenges facing the new president, Donald Trump. He brings a unique perspective to such a challenge given his status as a historian of the presidency and as an eyewitness to history,” Historical Society President Tom McCarthy said in a statement.

Alter is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies,” “The Promise: President Obama, Year One” and “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope.”

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Since 1996, Alter has been an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He spent 28 years as a columnist and senior editor at Newsweek, where he wrote more than 50 cover stories. Alter is now a twice-monthly columnist for the Daily Beast. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Esquire and Bloomberg View, among other publications.

He is also an executive producer of “Alpha House,” a half-hour political comedy created by Garry Trudeau that stars John Goodman. The show is available on

Alter is currently working on a biography of former President Jimmy Carter and is producing a documentary about the lives of legendary New York journalists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill.


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