Electing Jimmy Carter: The Campaign of 1976

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In a book that fails to live up to its title, Anderson, Carter's chief speechwriter during the 1976 presidential campaign, presents an unflattering portrait of the candidate. Rather than focusing on the election, Anderson digresses on the rampant infighting between him and Jody Powell, Carter's media liaison, and among all members of the Carter entourage. Anderson writes well, providing a valuable perspective on the precarious position of the speechwriter, but his summing up of the Carter campaign is part insight and part pop psychology. From a Nineties perspective, the good ol' boy mentality of the campaign staff-whose pot-smoking and sexual escapades are alluded to throughout-appears more irresponsible than quaint. Carter, who appears cold and distant, seems to have failed because he was egotistical, sanctimonious, and incapable of being a regular guy. While these faults no doubt contributed to his eventual loss in 1980, perhaps more significant was the public perception of a failed leader overwhelmed by events. For libraries building comprehensive collections on the Carter presidency.-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, Pa.
A memoir of Carter's bid for the presidency and of Anderson's role in it, presenting the former president as more complex and perhaps less loveable than he has commonly been considered. Anderson, Carter's former speechwriter, discusses the issues that shaped the campaign, Carter's infamous Playboy interview and its aftermath, and the ongoing search for themes and words that would attract media attention and voter support, while exploring in detail the crucial role of a speechwriter in a political campaign. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807119167
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Anderson is the author of two previous books of nonfiction, The Presidents' Men and High in America, and nine novels, including The President's Mistress, Lords of the Earth, and Rich As Sin. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2005

    Should Have Went Into More Detail

    The book was a little disappointing. I was expecting a book containing substantive analysis of the 1976 Presidential Election. There was some analysis, but the book was more a memoir by the 1976 Carter campaign's main speechwriter. While I found his candor and honesty refreshing and interesting, the book was a bit of a bore in places.

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