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The Center Holds - Obama and His Enemies

Jonathan Alter

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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. The election of 2012 will be remembered as a hinge of history. With huge victories in the 2010 midterm elections the Republican Party had blocked President Obama at every turn and made plans to wrench the country sharply to the right. 2012 offered the GOP a clear shot at controlling all three branches of government and repealing much of the social contract dating back to the New Deal. Facing free-spending billionaires, Fox News, and a concerted effort in 19 states to tilt the election by suppressing Democratic votes, Obama repelled the assault and navigated the nation back to the center. In The Center Holds, Jonathan Alter produces 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. There are fresh details about the Koch brothers, Grover Norquist, Roger Ailes, and the online haters who suffer from "Obama Derangement Syndrome." 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 will deepen our understanding of the Obama presidency, the stakes of the 2012 election, and the future of the country.

Language:

English

Length:

18h 42m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:05

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

29:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:46


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

22:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

24:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

27:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

22:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

20:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:54


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

26:13


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

27:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

19:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

26:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

22:15


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

22:32


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

18:10


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

21:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

27:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

18:53


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

16:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

23:24


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

25:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

21:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

21:59


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

19:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

25:01


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

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Chapter 47
Chapter 47

14:51


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

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Chapter 49
Chapter 49

24:24


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

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Chapter 51
Chapter 51

24:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

25:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

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Chapter 54
Chapter 54

14:09


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

01:25