Jonathan Alter

Jonathan Alter is a contributing editor of the Washington Monthly. He is the author of His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life.


How Jimmy Carter Kept Me Sane

I wrote my Carter biography during the toxic Trump years. The Georgian’s kindness and honesty are an inspiration for me and should be for America, too.

Tilting at Windmills

Frame of reverence If you went into homes up in the hollows of Charlie Peters’s West Virginia and elsewhere in the decades following World War II, you could often find photographs of FDR. The same was later true of JFK’s picture, and not just where Catholics lived. The people who hung them on their walls… Read more »

George W. Bush’s Long-Shot Campaign to Be Seen as Another Truman

The dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum was more than an opportunity for the five living U.S. presidents to compare notes on what Stefan Lorant called “the glorious burden” of the office. It also was the beginning of Bush’s campaign for rehabilitation. As Bill Clinton said at the ceremony, all presidential… Read more »