Jonathan Alter is an award-winning columnist for Newsweek Magazine. He is a frequent guest on Meet the Press and appears twice weekly on Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. His 2006 book, The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, was a national bestseller. He has written for The New Republic, Esquire, Slate, and The New York Times. A Chicago native, Mr. Alter received his B.A. in history with honors from Harvard.