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The edited, annotated diary of President Jimmy Carter—filled with insights into his presidency, his relationships with friends and foes, and his lasting impact on issues that still preoccupy America and the world

Each day during his presidency, Jimmy Carter made several entries in a private diary, recording his thoughts, impressions, delights, and frustrations. He offered unvarnished assessments of cabinet members, congressmen, and foreign leaders; he narrated the progress of ...

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Overview

The edited, annotated diary of President Jimmy Carter—filled with insights into his presidency, his relationships with friends and foes, and his lasting impact on issues that still preoccupy America and the world

Each day during his presidency, Jimmy Carter made several entries in a private diary, recording his thoughts, impressions, delights, and frustrations. He offered unvarnished assessments of cabinet members, congressmen, and foreign leaders; he narrated the progress of secret negotiations such as those that led to the Camp David Accords. When his four-year term came to an end in early 1981, the diary amounted to more than five thousand pages. But this extraordinary document has never been made public—until now.

By carefully selecting the most illuminating and relevant entries, Carter has provided us with an astonishingly intimate view of his presidency. Day by day, we see his forceful advocacy for nuclear containment, sustainable energy, human rights, and peace in the Middle East. We witness his interactions with such complex personalities as Ted Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Joe Biden, Anwar Sadat, and Menachem Begin. We get the inside story of his so-called “malaise speech,” his bruising battle for the 1980 Democratic nomination, and the Iranian hostage crisis. Remarkably, we also get Carter’s retrospective comments on these topics and more: thirty years after the fact, he has annotated the diary with his candid reflections on the people and events that shaped his presidency, and on the many lessons learned.

Carter is now widely seen as one of the truly wise men of our time. Offering an unprecedented look at both the man and his tenure, this fascinating book will stand as a unique contribution to the history of the American presidency.

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The snarl behind the toothy grin emerges in these acerbic entries culled from the 39th president's personal diary. Carter vents against everyone, from Congress ("disorganized juvenile delinquents"), to the press ("completely irresponsible and unnecessarily abusive") and the incoming Reaganauts ("group of jerks"). By contrast, he comes off as the principled, rational, speed-reading master of policy detail, with a cogent-to him-agenda of human rights, internationalism, and disarmament in foreign policy, and fiscal restraint, deregulation, and energy conservation at home. His account of the "national malaise" episode reveals a technocrat groping awkwardly toward a political vision. But the hectic, sketchy entries, annotated with after-the-fact elucidations, mainly show President Carter breasting the maelstrom of over-scheduling, mundane politics, and brother-Billy issues, while eruptions like the Iranian hostage crisis sneak up; the Sadat-Begin Camp David negotiations and other summits, where his leadership could be proactive and untrammeled, provoke his most involved and insightful passages. Carter's judgments will stir controversy: he tars Ted Kennedy with torpedoing his healthcare reforms and abetting Reagan's 1980 victory, and paints Israel ("obstinate") and its Prime Minister at the time, Menachem Begin, as the main obstacles to peace in the Middle East. His tart wit and cutting candor add flavor to a revealing portrait of presidential achievement and, especially, frustration. Illustrations.
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Steven R. Weisman
…patient readers will find White House Diary fascinating on two levels: the pace gives a sense of what it is like to be president, and the entries contain blunt appraisals of the people with whom [Carter] dealt.
—The New York Times
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“Now, with his White House Diary, we have amazing access to the nitty-gritty, day-by-day account Carter kept during his four years in office, with the added insight of his annotations and explanatory notes.” – BookPage, part of “Sound advice for gift lists”
Library Journal
Former U.S. President/best-selling author Carter supplements his 1982 presidential memoirs, Keeping Faith, with this work excerpting selections from his intricately detailed daily diary of his time in the White House. Carter assesses former cabinet members, congressional representatives, and foreign leaders as well as sharing his thoughts on such important matters as nuclear containment, human rights, sustainable energy, and national politics. But he also includes minutiae of questionable interest to listeners, speaking, for example, of his recurring hemorrhoids, his parental disciplining techniques, and what lures he tied when fly-fishing. His own thick Georgia drawl is thankfully interspersed with Tony Award-winning actor Boyd Gaines's professional narration. This record cries out for editing and abridgment and pales in comparison to Douglas Brinkley's The Reagan Diaries; recommended only for scholars with an interest in Carter's life.—Dale Farris, Groves, TX
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  • ISBN-13: 9780374280994
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/20/2010
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 6.34 (h) x 1.82 (d)

Meet the Author

JIMMY CARTER, our thirty-ninth president, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. The author of numerous bestsellers-including An Hour Before Daylight and Palestine Peace Not Apartheid-he and his wife, Rosalynn, live in Plains, Georgia, but continue to travel around the world in support of numerous philanthropic efforts.

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Prelude: The Campaign

About the time I announced my candidacy for president in December 1974, Gallup published a poll that included the question “Among Democrats, whom do you prefer as the next nominee?” There were thirty-two names on Gallup’s list of potential candidates, including George Wallace, Hubert Humphrey, Henry (Scoop) Jackson, Walter Mondale, John Glenn, and even the Georgia legislator Julian Bond. My name was not mentioned.

Our campaign’s original presumption was that the major Democratic contenders would be Edward Kennedy on the left and Wallace on the right, and that I could occupy the middle of the political spectrum and prevail with persistence, hard work, and a bit of good luck. I was very disappointed when Kennedy announced his decision to end his campaign in September 1974; his unfortunate experience a few years earlier at Chappaquiddick was frequently mentioned in the news media as the primary reason for his withdrawal. Almost immediately, a number of new candidates announced; the most prominent were Kennedy’s brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver; Senators Fred Harris, Birch Bayh, Henry Jackson, and Lloyd Bentsen; Governors Milton Shapp and Terry Sanford; Congressman Morris Udall; and of course George Wallace. Later, Governor Jerry Brown and Senator Frank Church entered the race, as did Adlai Stevenson III, who was a favorite son in Illinois. Almost without exception, they were better known and financed than I.

It was obvious to me and my advisors that many Americans were deeply concerned about the competence and integrity of our government. Still fresh in memory were the assassinations of John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr.; the disgrace of Watergate; the failure in Vietnam and the misleading statements about the war from top civilian and military leaders; and the revelation that emerged from the Frank Church Senate committee that our government’s intelligence services had condoned assassination plots against foreign leaders. After much thought and discussion, I chose to focus my campaign on three basic themes: truthfulness, management competence, and distance from the unattractive aspects of Washington politics.

To every audience, large or small, I swore “never to tell a lie or to make a misleading statement.” I was able to point to my success, as governor of Georgia, in completely reorganizing the state government and instituting an innovative technique that made annual comparisons possible between old and new programs. My campaign literature emphasized my roots as a peanut farmer from the tiny village of Plains, Georgia. The support of Andrew Young, the King family, and other civil rights heroes helped me overcome the potential racist stigma of coming from the Deep South; I was well aware that if I won, I would be the first successful candidate from this region since Zachary Taylor in 1848.

I had very little money, but I began campaigning as soon as I left the Georgia governor’s office in January 1975. My former press secretary, Jody Powell, was my traveling companion. In Atlanta, we had a superb team of issue analysts working under the direction of Stuart Eizenstat, who had performed the same service for Hubert Humphrey in 1968. During the succeeding months, our campaign team put together two groups of surrogates that supplemented my full-time effort, an unusual technique that ultimately prevailed. One was a large group of my fellow Georgians, known as the “Peanut Brigade.” At their own expense, they traveled to New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, and other key states. They walked door-to-door handing out my campaign literature and extolling my record and my views to every citizen they encountered.

Even more effective were the members of my own family. As directed by my campaign manager, Hamilton Jordan, six teams campaigned separately, led by my wife, Rosalynn; my sons, Jack, Chip, and Jeff, and their wives; my mother, Lillian; and her youngest sister, Emily. When we got together, we shared experiences, discussed subjects that seemed most important to prospective voters, and made sure that we would be “preaching the same sermon” during the week ahead. All of us understood that it was critical that we speak with one voice regarding abortion, education, farm policy, Israel, nuclear weaponry, and other important and sensitive issues. To save money, we spent nights with families supportive of (or at least interested in) our campaign.

During most of 1975, the other candidates were campaigning part-time, and they never realized the effectiveness of what we were doing—until it was too late. Rosalynn, for instance, visited 115 towns and cities in Iowa and spent seventy-five days in Florida. We concentrated on the key states with the earliest returns, and in the winter of 1976 I came in first in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Florida. After that, my opponents cooperated in what became known as ABC—Anybody But Carter. They would choose the most popular person for a particular state and give that candidate their concerted support. This tactic sometimes succeeded, but by the end of the primary season I had a clear majority of delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

My first decision after being assured of victory was to choose my running mate. I decided that I needed to compensate for my lack of experience in Washington, and seriously considered Senators John Glenn, Frank Church, Scoop Jackson, Ed Muskie, and Walter Mondale. After long meetings and interviews, I found that Mondale was personally most compatible with me, and we shared similar ideas on how he and I could work together as a team.

For me, the general election was much more difficult than the Democratic primaries. I had been running as a somewhat lonely and independent candidate—a peanut farmer and former governor who was quite removed from the Washington scene. Now I inherited the leadership mantle of the Democratic Party, including all its negative and burdensome trappings. My opponent, Gerald Ford, was a fine man who had survived a brutal primary challenge from California governor Ronald Reagan. Many Americans felt indebted to President Ford for having salvaged the integrity of the White House after Richard Nixon resigned in political disgrace.

Despite these handicaps, Fritz Mondale and I won a narrow victory. The day after the election, I began to prepare for my inauguration and the responsibility of serving as president of the United States.

1977

I began keeping this diary in part due to an offhand comment by Richard Nixon. Rosalynn and I first met Nixon when we attended the National Governors’ Conference in 1971. The president walked up to us at a White House reception, turned to Rosalynn, and asked, “Young lady, do you keep a diary?” Rosalynn replied, “No, sir.” Nixon then said, “You’ll be sorry!” Since this was our first conversation with a president, it made a lasting impact.

Within a day or two of my inauguration, I began making written notes of my thoughts and activities on the pages of a legal pad, and on February 26 I began dictating into a small tape recorder more frequently and currently.

JANUARY 20 A couple months before the inauguration, I got a letter from Senator [William] Proxmire, who is very interested in physical fitness. He suggested that I walk from the Capitol to the White House on Inauguration Day. I responded without making any promise, and about three weeks before the inauguration I informed the Secret Service that I would do so. I later told my wife, my son Chip, and no one else until the night before inauguration, at which time I told Vice President Mondale and a couple of staff members, including Jody Powell.

I thought it would be a good demonstration of confidence by the new president in the people of our country as far as security was concerned, and also would be a tangible indication of some reduction in the imperial status of the president and his family. We were gratified at the response. Many people along the parade route, when they saw that we were walking, began to weep, and it was an emotional experience for us as well. I was surprised at the enormous attention this act received from the news media and believe it was a good decision.

I think the inauguration speech itself, perhaps one of the briefest on record for the first inauguration of a president, was quite compatible with my announcement speech in December 1974, and also with my acceptance speech at the Democratic convention. It accurately expressed some of the major themes of my administration. Even though I had been preparing to be president, I was genuinely surprised when in the benediction by the bishop from Minnesota, he referred to “blessings on President Carter”; just the phrase “President Carter” was startling to me.

I would say that the quarters at the White House are quite similar to those we enjoyed as the governor’s family in Georgia, but I have been constantly impressed—I almost said overwhelmed—at the historical nature of the White House, occupied for the first time by our second president, John Adams. When I see a desk or a writing cabinet or a book or a sideboard or a bed that was used by Thomas Jefferson or Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt or Truman or Kennedy, I have a feeling of almost unreality about my being president, but also a feeling of both adequacy and determination that I might live up to the historical precedents established by my predecessors.

That night we had our first of what has been a very relaxed and informal series of meals with our family. Early on, when Rosalynn was visiting the White House, some of our staff asked the chef and cooks if they thought they could prepare the kind of meals which we enjoyed in the South, and the cook said, “Yes, ma’am, we’ve been fixing that kind of food for the servants for a long time.” The meals in general have been superb. The only shock was that for the first ten days our food bill in the White House was six hundred dollars! Part of this was carelessness because we didn’t let the cooks know when some of our family members would not be present; part of it was because of the excessive amount of company that we had the first few days. We quickly discovered that the president himself pays for all personal meals, gifts, and travel—for himself and for other family members as well. All official expenses are, of course, paid by the government.

JANUARY 21 We had a series of receptions for people that we cared about, the first one of which was for seven or eight hundred Americans with whom we had spent the night during the long campaign. In some instances this was an emotional meeting because they had meant so much to us when no one knew or cared who I was, and we had formed such close personal friendships with them and had not had a chance to thank them adequately. I was genuinely surprised at how deeply moved I was to see these people. We gave each one of the families a small brass plaque stating that a member of my family had stayed with them during the campaign.

The first couple days we shook hands with literally thousands of people in receiving lines. Quite important to do this—to thank people who had helped us, to cement ties with the members of Congress, the diplomatic officials, and also with the members of the Armed Forces. I was particularly impressed as the leaders of the military branches came by and shook hands with me and Rosalynn to find the extraordinary number who made some reference to their prayers for us or “God be with you”—statements of that kind—much more than had been the case with others during those two days.

My normal, almost unvarying routine is to get up at 6:30, sometimes earlier if I have special work to do, get to the office at about 7:00. Most mornings I spend an hour to an hour and a half by myself reading the paper, writing memoranda to my staff members, and then I have a security briefing by Dr. [Zbigniew] Brzezinski [my national security advisor], read the CIA’s “Intelligence Report to the President,” meet with Hamilton Jordan and Frank Moore [my liaison officer with the Congress] to go over the day’s business with the Congress or other matters, and then I start my regular appointments.

For the first couple of weeks I did all this work out in the Oval Office, but later moved into a more private small office on the west side of the West Wing. The Oval Office is quite impressive, and I’ve noticed that many of my long-standing friends, quite self-assured and sometimes cosmopolitan, are not urbane when they come into the Oval Office; they become almost completely inarticulate, get nervous and unsure of themselves, impressed greatly by the fact that this is the center of our government. One of the almost routine problems I have is to put them at ease so we can continue with the conversation that brought them there.

JANUARY 22 We continued our series of receptions but had our first National Security Council meeting to get organized. This was an organization that in the past had consisted of, I think, seven different committees, and we cut this down to two different committees.

I’ve been determined to have Dr. Brzezinski be a constant source of stimulation for the Departments of Defense and State, but always work in the role of a staff person to me. In fact, I’ve pledged that none of the members of my staff would dominate members of the cabinet. Zbig agrees completely with this, and because of his constant access to me several times each day, perhaps second only to Hamilton Jordan in frequency, his influence over my own thinking and judgment, ultimate decisions, is certainly adequate.

As a college student, Hamilton had volunteered to help me in my campaign for governor in 1966; four years later, after serving in Vietnam, he became my top political leader. He was my executive secretary in the governor’s office and the primary strategist in planning and conducting our presidential campaign. In the White House, he continued to be one of my key advisors; although he did not want any title, he effectively served as my chief of staff. Everyone in my administration—and in Congress—recognized Hamilton as the most influential of my advisors in Washington.

In the inner White House office we established a high-fidelity sound system, and for eight or ten hours every day I listen to classical music. Records are changed by Susan Clough, my secretary.

In the evening we watched our first movie in a long time, All the President’s Men. I was impressed with the insistence of the press in uncovering information about Watergate and also felt strange occupying the same living quarters and position of responsibility as Richard Nixon, who had brought such disgrace on the White House and the presidency itself. And of course I was determined all anew not ever to let the same thing happen while I was president.

JANUARY 23 We had an early send-off for Vice President Mondale, who was asked by me to visit our major democratic allies and friends in Europe and Japan. I particularly wanted an early demonstration of our friendship for them. I believe the best way to deal with problems in the world is to have a sound basis of consultation and mutual trust among the developed democracies, and also, of course, I was glad to show that Vice President Mondale will be carrying out important missions for me—both domestic and foreign. He was received well by the leaders of other nations, and I think the substance of his discussions with them was equivalent to what it would have been had I been there myself.

Excerpted from White House Diary by Jimmy Carter.

Copyright © 2010 by Jimmy Carter.

Published in 2010 by Farrar, Straus And Giroux.

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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Table of Contents

A Chronology of My White House Years

Senior Officials in My Administration

Preface

Prelude: The Campaign 3

1977 7

1978 157

1979 269

1980 385

1981 501

Aftermath 519

Afterword 525

Acknowledgments 539

Index 541

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  • Posted September 22, 2010

    a look inside the thought process of a very thoughtful president

    I wasn't sure that reading a diary would be all that interesting, but it turned out to be fascinating and I ended up reading it straight through. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants insight into any of the big decisions or events of President Carter's term. (And, unlike the previous reviewer, I actually DID read the book...)

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

    Polarization.

    pattiMG,
    He was only expressing his concern for the derailing of informative news to make way for "sensational" or "rating hungry" news. Fox news does not legitimately report unbiased news, and because of this there has become a polarization of the American people. One side is strictly conservative and the other is strictly liberal. I believe his main point was to point out that we need to come together to solve problems. We need to begin to make compromises.
    Also, simply because one has an opposing view point as yours does not mean it isn't worth listening to. Simply because he disapproves of fox news doesn't make his entire argument dismissible. It is this idea of ignoring all others who disagree that is bringing us as a whole nation down. Listen to others; Show respect.

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

    A must read; but, not for the reasons you might think

    Jimmy Carter was the worst president we have ever had. Was this because of his personality or heritage as some have claimed? No. It was because of his policies, decisions, actions, communications on the economy and foreign policy. The lasting effects of his presidency are well-documented and discussed by both liberals and conservatives.

    Now, does this mean he can not publish a book about his time in the White House? Absolutely not. Nowadays anyone can write a book about anything. However, to take aim at a news network and say that it is responsible for the devisiveness that plagues our nation is absurd. The economic and moral condition of our country is in trouble - period. Fox News didn't make that happen. One can not blame any single source - government, education, businesses, religous organizations or the media. Individual people have made choices that have altered our course and individuals can get us back on track. So...my two cents are: read everything you can (material that you agree and disagree with, that way you'll learn something), get involved, take care of yourself and your family and vote. If everyone did these things in an honest and unselfish way - America could and would change.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

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    A "must read" for political junkies . . .

    Let me begin by saying that this will be a review of the book, not of the president. I was not around when Carter was president, so I found this book fascinating as to what our country was like and the problems it faced during those 4 years. I love politics, and I especially enjoyed reading "behind the scenes" into a President's life and everything that he went through. What makes this book so important is how relevant it is to today's world. I was shocked to see so many parallels to our current political system. Jimmy Carter presents a strong message for everyone to work together in order to make progress on serious problems that we face.

    Overall, whether you like Jimmy Carter or not, this is a must read book for anyone concerned about partisan politics and the damage that being divided causes our country. This book makes me want to learn more about Jimmy Carter and the late 1970's in America.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2010

    Historically Significant - enter the mind of a great man!

    Jimmy Carter is arguably one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history, and its most prolific. His humanitarian efforts during his tenure and beyond his office far surpass those of other presidents. Unlike many of his opponents on the "right" who fancy themselves Christians, the Honorable Jimmy Carter is truly a proponent of Christian values. Here you have an opportunity to enter the mind of this great man and not only acquire a better understanding of his thought process, but also of the kind of obstacles that face all presidents. Those who don't know of his great accomplishments have obviously not bothered to read about them, but ignorance is bliss. And, those who disagree with the policies he set forth while president most likely still believe that "trickle down economics" is ideal for the common man. Personally, curious George the 43rd would get my vote for worst president in U.S. history, but I digress. This book is truly a gem, an important read, and most highly recommended.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

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    The true outsider

    Gave me a different perspective of Jimmy Carter, despite being a turn-off for his unsolicited and unrelentless criticism of subsequent administrations. He was really an outsider when he became the President, stood on his ground most of the time against the Washington elite, the Congress, and other career politicians. It is a shame his presidency overall is considered a failure, which is very likely true to most Americans who lived during his term (and maybe because we rate presidential performance too early). He could have been a great President, but his timing was off. He was too nice, indecisive, and naive, and those 3 factors overwhelmed his honesty, integrity, and kind heart. Reagan was definitely the man for that period of time.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    Don't waste you time

    A load of self-serving tripe from arguably the worst president in US history.

    1 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    No thanks!

    I was thinking this might be a great book until I heard him on the news trashing just about everybody. This man needs to learn how to sell books and it is not by talking down to the American people and where they get their news. He is not superior.

    1 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Diaries

    A DUDE has a DIARY?!? Only GIRLS have DIARIES!!! Is he FREAKIN GAY?!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Kyle says.......

    I will not be wasting my time reading about Ronald Reagan any time soon, and he was far from being our best president. President Carter is a wonderful person with so much to offer; every person to enter the office should be as good and honest a person as James Earl Carter is. As for the book, it is a great read. I recomend this book to all who want to see that a truly decent man can rise to power. President Carter has achieved more in the years since he was in the White House than most achieve in their administration. God bless, MR. President, and keep thgood work going.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Lies and exaggerations on every page.

    Do not buy. Look for books about Ronald Reagan, one of our best presidents.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    The real scoop

    He was not a bad President... And Reagan was not the best..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2011

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    Good

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    The Worst President Ever ... NOT!

    Having been born 8 years after President Carter left office I found myself with a terrible image of the man, but when analyzed, proven void of substance. After reading his diary I now have a completely different, and educated, opinion of the man. With major achievements, Carter comes across as an integral man who tried to redirect the course of the nation. Unfortunately, adverse economical and political circumstances impede this redirection to be maintained, and worse, left the man with a stained reputation. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get to know the real Jimmy Carter, who wants to understand his four years in office, and to anyone who wants to see the negative side of politicized democracy.

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  • Posted December 23, 2010

    Pompous, self serving, and simple

    Until George W Bush came along, I always thought Jimmy Carter was the worst president in my lifetime. This book didn't do anything to change my opinion. There is not any indication that Carter has any balance to his thinking. The book reads like some 8th grader wrote it and the language and insights are at that level. I find my mind wandering when reading this boring book. He drones on, his pen fairly dripping with second rate musings and observations, seeing no complexity in things but only fundamentalist impressions. The only value of this book is to reinforce the impression that we are lucky we survived his presidency.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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