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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (976 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jimmy Carter Narrator: Jimmy Carter Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In an American story of enduring importance, Jimmy Carter recreates his Depression-era boyhood on a Georgia farm, before the civil rights movement that changed it and the country. Carter’s clean and eloquent prose evokes a time when the cycles of life were predictable and simple, and the rules were heartbreaking and complex. In his singular voice and with a novelist’s gift for detail, Jimmy Carter creates a sensitive portrait of an era that shaped the nation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “More than just an engaging memoir, this book is first-rate social history, a portrait of a subculture of America…a genetic road map of the making of a president.” 

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Carter’s recollections make abundantly clear the high principles that shaped not only his youth but his entire life.” 


  • “Not since Abraham Lincoln have Americans become as familiar with another humble U.S. President raised in the heart of farm country as they are with Jimmy Carter…an inspirational story of a family pulling together during tough times while living with dignity and the resultant respect and goodness that propelled a young boy to become a kind and revered leader.” 


  • “Carter’s great strengths as a memoirist are his fairness in critiquing the past and his appreciation of what he gained from living in a closely-knit community…As he describes his family, his high school years, and a simpler way of life he vividly evokes a place that offered a priceless sense of belonging to something larger than self.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2002 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Biography/Autobiography

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/17/2014

    " Jimmy Carter's memoir of his childhood in rural Georgia. Okay, not really a five-star book, but definitely a five-star author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sonya | 2/14/2014

    " During the '07-08 Presidential campaign, I became obsessed with Presidential history. I saw the bio-documentary on Carter--Jonathan Demme's MAN FROM PLAINS--and then began reading books by and about Carter. This one is lovely--a spare, quiet account of his childhood in Plains, GA. You learn so much about him--the man he is, the way he approached governing, why he may have failed as a politician and returned to Plains exactly the same person he was when he left. You get a deep sense of life on an entrepreneurial farm in post-depression America, and of life in the rural South--what's changed and what hasn't. If you're interested in rural or small-farm life, and not at all interested in politics or Jimmy Carter, you'll still enjoy this a lot, maybe even more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gary Beaudoin | 2/6/2014

    " This book gives the reader a wonderful insight into why President Carter has such a wonderful spirit and is in such close touch with the common man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Allen Bernabe | 1/29/2014

    " I got very interested to Jimmy Carter though I didn't know him a lot before I read this book. I'm very eager to know what happened to his term as a president of the United States of America because of this wonderful book. "

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