Progressive Book Club Chooses The Defining Moment by Jonathan Alter as January PBC Pick

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Progressive Book Club announces that its PBC Pick for the month of January is The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope by Jonathan Alter.

Progressive Book Club announces that its PBC Pick for the month of January is The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope by Jonathan Alter.

A fast-moving, pathbreaking account of FDR's legendary first hundred days as president, The Defining Moment recounts the birth of the New Deal and the beginning of America's emergence from the Great Depression. It is one of the two books about FDR that Barack Obama read as he prepared to enter the Oval Office.

Now, in the face of the worst economic crisis since the Depression, Jonathan Alter's book provides a relevant and timely look at our thirty-second president, who remains a central figure in the history of our nation and the world. Lessons from the past abound in these riveting pages, which will provide both solid intellectual grounding and essential perspective for all of us, as Obama begins his first one hundred days in office.

"As America prepares for the first critical months of the Obama presidency, a time of crisis and opportunity for our country, we have much to learn from Jonathan Alter's brilliant narrative of FDR and the creation of the New Deal," said Elizabeth Wagley, CEO of the Progressive Book Club.

The Defining Moment is the eighth PBC Pick for Progressive Book Club, which launched its Web site in June of 2008, following The Big Squeeze: Tough Times For the American Worker by Steven Greenhouse (June), Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists by Susan Neiman (July), The Power of Progress: How America's Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate, And Our Country by John Podesta (August), The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism by Ron Suskind (September), The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems by Van Jones (October), Promised Land by Jay Parini (November), and State by State, edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey (December).

The PBC Pick is chosen monthly by Progressive Book Club's Editorial Board, whose distinguished members include Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Barbara Kingsolver, Hendrik Hertzberg, Gail Sheehy, Katrina vanden Heuvel, John Podesta and Andy Stern, among more than two dozen prominent authors, journalists, academics and politicos.

About Progressive Book Club

Progressive Book Club finds - and promotes - the books that can change our nation by harnessing the power of the Internet to create an important new platform for progressive ideas. Part bookseller, part social network, and part online magazine, Progressive Book Club is a vibrant forum that is transforming the traditional book club model.

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