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White House Diary

Format:  Hardcover,

570 pages

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corp

Publish Date: Dec 1991

ISBN-13: 9780793511808

ISBN-10: 0793511801

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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 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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Author:
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publish Date: Sep 2010
ISBN-13: 9780374280994
ISBN-10: 0374280991
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 570
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.95
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.28 x 1.8 x 9.02

About the author

Biography of Carter, Jimmy

Jimmy Carter who served as thirty-ninth president of the United States, was born in Plains, Georgia, in 1924. After leaving the White House he and his wife Rosalynn, founded the Atlanta-based Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health around the world.

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Review by Library Journal (2010-12-01)

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

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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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