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“The Promise,” by Jonathan Alter, Examines Obama’s First Year in Office

The barrage of Obamacentric books continues. The latest is The Promise (Simon & Schuster; $28), a 480-page account of the president’s first year in office by Jonathan Alter, a senior editor at Newsweek. Alter grew up six blocks from Wrigley Field and began his career as a freelancer for the now-defunct Chicago Journalism Review. He … Read more

Books We Like: 'The Promise' by Jonathan Alter

Having grown up six blocks from Wrigley Field, Jonathan Alter, a senior editor and columnist at Newsweek in New York, still considers himself a Chicagoan. “So when a Chicagoan was elected president, I felt the same surge of local pride as somebody who lives there permanently,” Alter told Chicago in a recent phone interview. His new book, The Promise: President Obama, Year One (Simon & Schuster; $18), is out today…