White House Diary

Carter, Jimmy

Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010
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Jimmy Carter is often referred to as "America's greatest ex-President," because of his tireless good works, his globetrotting in the cause of brokering peace agreements, his work for Habitat for Humanity, and more. The public perception is that his administration was a failure, and his one-term presidency was snowed under by Ronald Reagan. Carter's account of his White House years reminds admirer and critic alike that his administration faced some very difficult problems, some of which dog us and the rest of the world to this day. Some reviewers have said that Carter's tendency to self-righeousness is reflected in these 570 (including index) lively pages, but in any case what he has chosen to tell us of his years as President is of considerable interest. This is an UNREAD copy in AS NEW condition, with Carter's signature in ink on the title page. The number line starts with "1," and "first edition" is stated. Bookseller Inventory #

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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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Jimmy Carter, our thirty-ninth president, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. He is the author of numerous bestsellers, including White House Diary, An Hour Before Daylight and Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. Carter grew up on a peanut farm in Plains, Georgia. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1946, and after seven years of service in the Navy, he returned to Georgia and entered state politics, becoming governor in 1971. In 1976, he was elected President of the United States.

Carter aspired to make government "competent and compassionate," and fought for human rights around the world. His successes include the Israel-Egypt peace treaty, the Panama Canal treaties, and establishing full diplomatic relations with China.

After leaving office, he and his wife Rosalynn created the Carter Center, a nonpartisan organization working to advance human rights and democracy, resolve conflicts, and relieve suffering from disease and hunger around the world. The Carters live in Plains, Georgia, but continue to travel around the world in support of numerous philanthropic efforts.

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Title: White House Diary
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: 2010
Binding: Cloth
Book Condition: As New
Edition: First Edition, First Printing, Signed

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