The Court Reporter
Advertised as “a narrative thriller about the battle royale surrounding Barack Obama’s quest for a second term,” Jonathan Alter’s The Center Holds is the second installment of a likely three-volume account of the Obama presidency. Now, if the second of three books about an incumbent politician by an admiring journalist sounds appealing to readers, then The Center Holds might be worth the cost and time. Otherwise, the student of contemporary history might wish to refrain from investing. Strictly speaking, there is nothing to be learned here—almost nothing whatsoever—not known already to the faithful consumer of newspapers and magazines.
About the Author
Philip Terzian, literary editor of the Weekly Standard, is the author of Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century.