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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (223 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jimmy Carter Narrator: Jimmy Carter, Boyd Gaine Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here is 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 5,000 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: 30 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Darryl | 2/3/2014

    " Since I was only a small kid when Jimmy Carter was president, I found the book very interesting. You're basically reading his daily diary, so you have his personal insights on Congress, particular lawmakers (he and Teddy Kennedy did not get along at all) and issues, like the Panama Canal Treaty and Iranian Hostage Crisis. While he was an evangelical Christian, he was careful to separate religion from politics, and he worked as closely with Republicans as he did Democrats...a skill that has unfortunately been lost in present-day Washington. He was a fiscal conservative who frequently clashed with liberals by vetoing appropriations bills that contained unnecessary spending measures. Unfortunately, many conservatives still regard his presidency as one of the worst in recent history. I, on the other hand, believe he accomplished more than our previous three presidents in just four years and should be regarded as one of the finest individuals to sit in the White House. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marci | 1/30/2014

    " didn't finish it. when he wrote these daily entries, he didn't intend for them to be published, which gives you an idea. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ray | 1/5/2014

    " I have to admit that I quit on the book, which is not something I do often. Maybe it got better, but I didn't find the book at all engaging. I thought Bush's book "Decision Points" revealed something of his thinking at points during his presidency, and I liked Reagan's abridged diary, but the Carter diary was flimsy, filled with random thoughts which were all too brief and without insights. Perhaps I liked Reagan's book more than Carter's because Reagan as a personality is more engaging, and his Presidency was more successful, and therefore what he discussed was by extension more interesting. At any rate, I found the beginning of the book disappointing, which caused me to cut my losses and move on to a book I would find more engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Gorycki | 1/3/2014

    " I enjoyed the "inside view" of the Carter Whitehouse. "

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