Electing Jimmy Carter: The Campaign of 1976

Electing Jimmy Carter: The Campaign of 1976

by Patrick Anderson
     
 

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Library Journal
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.
Booknews
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)

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)

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