A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety

by Jimmy Carter


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In his major New York Times bestseller, Jimmy Carter looks back from ninety years of age and “reveals private thoughts and recollections over a fascinating career as businessman, politician, evangelist, and humanitarian” (Booklist).

At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life with a frankness that is disarming. He adds detail and emotion about his youth in rural Georgia that he described in his magnificent An Hour Before Daylight. He writes about racism and the isolation of the Carters. He describes the brutality of the hazing regimen at Annapolis, and how he nearly lost his life twice serving on submarines and his amazing interview with Admiral Rickover. He describes the profound influence his mother had on him, and how he admired his father even though he didn’t emulate him. He admits that he decided to quit the Navy and later enter politics without consulting his wife, Rosalynn, and how appalled he is in retrospect.

In his “warm and detailed memoir” (Los Angeles Times), Carter tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his re-election, but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world.

“Always warm and human…even inspirational” (Buffalo News), A Full Life is a wise and moving look back from this remarkable man. Jimmy Carter has lived one of our great American lives—from rural obscurity to world fame, universal respect, and contentment. A Full Life is an extraordinary read from a “force to be reckoned with” (Christian Science Monitor).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501115646
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 07/19/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 193,889
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jimmy Carter was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981. In 1982, he and his wife founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world. Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. He is the author of thirty books, including A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety; A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power; An Hour Before Daylight: Memoirs of a Rural Boyhood; and Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis.

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A Full Life

  • My boyhood home in Archery was a Sears, Roebuck house that had been built six years before our family occupied it in 1928. There were about two hundred people who lived in the unincorporated community of Archery.

  • Table of Contents

    Introduction 1

    Chapter 1 Archery and the Race Issue 3

    Chapter 2 Navy Years 33

    Chapter 3 Back to Georgia 69

    Chapter 4 Atlanta to Washington 98

    Chapter 5 Life in the White House 118

    Chapter 6 Issues Mostly Resolved 139

    Chapter 7 Problems Still Pending 177

    Chapter 8 Back Home 204

    Acknowledgments 239

    Index 243

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    A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    An excellent book for all to read. At 90 years young, President Carter is still working selflessly for others. The book tells of his young years growing up, the different life experiences he has had, his presidency, and what he would do differently looking back.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Great book, I didn't realize how much he did in office. All the humanitarian efforts he did and has done!! Great writing
    kendukie More than 1 year ago
    Excellent! Jimmy Carter really makes me feel like I am not doing enough with my life. He has boundless energy and thoughts (if not actions) on everything. Reading this book makes me realize the decisions he made as president, as well as the rest of his life, were from his heart. Great read.
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I don't wish him ill but this man and his doctrine almost ruined the country. And him trying to explain it is unbearable.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    A miserable prig whose time in office made the world a worse place