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James Earl Carter, JR (Profiles of the Presidents)

James Earl Carter, JR (Profiles of the Presidents)

by Andrew Santella

A biography discussing the personal life, education, and political career of the thirty-ninth President of the United States, Jimmy Carter.


A biography discussing the personal life, education, and political career of the thirty-ninth President of the United States, Jimmy Carter.

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Children's Literature
James Earl Carter, Jr. was born in 1924 in Plains, Georgia. The child of a successful businessman, Carter grew up in a small town that was racially divided. His parents were opposed to segregation and Carter learned at an early age to respect all of his neighbors without regard for race. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, and served in the Navy until 1953 when his father died and he was forced to return to Plains to manage the family farm. Active in local politics, in 1962 he won a seat in the Georgia state senate. After his second try, he was elected governor in 1970. In 1974, he decided to run for president of the United States, even though he was not well known outside of Georgia. He surprised the country when he won the first two primaries, and then the election. During his term as president he appointed African-Americans and women to important positions. He placed a heavy emphasis on human rights around the world, refusing to do business with countries that did not respect the rights of their citizens. His greatest achievement is considered to be the peace treaty he arranged between Israel and Egypt. A year-long crisis that began in Iran when 52 United States citizens were taken hostage in the U.S. embassy, followed by a disastrous rescue attempt, led to a huge decrease in Carter's popularity and his defeat in the next election. Since retiring from the presidency Carter has continued to tirelessly campaign for human rights around the world. This brief but attractive biography, one in the series "Profiles of the Presidents," effectively describes Carter's life. Each double-page spread includes two photographs, some in color. The book also includes a map of the U.S.with captions that are apparently supposed to help students locate important places in Carter's life. The location of the captions on this map is confusing, and it does not make a useful contribution to the book. A glossary, brief summary of Carter's life, list of cabinet members, list of resources and up-to-date Internet sites, an index, and a list of presidents are also included. An excellent additional feature is a timeline that parallels events in Carter's life with important events in history of the period. Because of its attractiveness and the fact that it is aimed at a lower reading level than most presidential biographies, this would be a very useful addition to most collections. Compass Point Books, 2003,
— Leslie Rounds
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Two smoothly written portraits. Raatma focuses on Eisenhower's distinguished military career and victories in World War II. His presidency was devoted to pursuing peace and prosperity and his attempts to stem the tide of communism. Santella discusses Carter's Southern upbringing, his life as a peanut farmer, and his moral leadership. The text also points out his rise from "Jimmy Who?" to "Mr. President," as well as his successes and setbacks in the White House. The last chapter is devoted to his continued work for human rights, democracy, and health care, and ends with a mention of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he and his wife were awarded in 1999. Both books have a casual, conversational tone and clear recounting of the facts. While Eisenhower is more straightforward and focused on major accomplishments, Carter is more sympathetic and tries to highlight some of the subject's underappreciated achievements. Still, both accounts are generally well balanced, full of detail, and logically organized. Black-and-white and full-color photographs appear on almost every page. Serviceable additions for readers who are unfamiliar with these men.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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Capstone Press
Publication date:
Animal Offspring Series
Product dimensions:
7.28(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Andrew Santella writes for magazines and newspapers, including GQ and the New York Times Book Review. He is the author of a number of books for young readers. He lives outside Chicago with his wife and son.

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