Jonathan Alter on FDR's Leadership


Jonathan Alter is journalist, Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker, and best-selling author who has interviewed and written biographies of multiple American Presidents. His latest biography is about Jimmy Carter -- you can buy His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life from Indiebound here.

But in this interview, we talked with Jonathan Alter about a book he wrote in 2006. In The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, Alter digs deep into the characteristics, experiences, and leadership style that allowed FDR to bring the nation back from the brink of total collapse. We thought now, as millions of Americans face hunger and abject poverty, and a new President comes into office, would be a good time to talk to Jonathan to see if there is anything we can learn from FDR's leadership for the trying times we have ahead of us.