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The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter's Journey to the Nobel Peace Prize

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Jimmy Carter left the White House in January 1981, defeated in his bid for reelection and rejected by the American public -- but hardly broken. Outside the Oval Office, with a commitment rarely seen in an ex-president, he was more determined than ever to complete his life's mission: the achievement of world peace.With unique access to the Carter archives and to the man him ...more
Paperback, 587 pages
Published December 2nd 2005 by Penguin Books (first published May 1st 1998)
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Kirsten
Aug 28, 2010 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, politics, u-s
An excellent overview of Jimmy Carter's efforts at home and abroad. It's really a continuation of his presidential agenda on his terms. This book provides a mostly chronological timeline of the former president's accomplishments and activities as he adjusted to becoming a private citizen once more. While in Office, President Carter often struggled with Congress and the Government, but on his own, he has been able to accomplish many things that he could not while in an official capacity.

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Nathan Quichocho
Mar 11, 2013 Nathan Quichocho rated it really liked it
This was an objective and thoughtful look at Jimmy Carter's Presidency and it revealed his tenacity and toughness in withstanding the harshest of public criticism. After he lost the Presidency, he was almost bankrupt, but he was still able to create the Carter Center in Atlanta, with the grand ambition of instituting his two track diplomacy theory in pursuit of human rights and peace. There are many detailed accounts of his diplomatic efforts in North Korea, the Middle East, Serbia, Haiti, and N ...more
Riley
Sep 25, 2010 Riley rated it really liked it
My dad really likes Jimmy Carter and my mother-in-law can't stand him. Though he's a relatively contemporary president, I've never had a firm grasp of him and his history. I enjoyed this book, which gave a good sense of his character and accomplishments after the White House. It seems hard to argue that Carter is a moral man who tries to do the right thing, which is something in and of itself.

The following passage about Carter's presidency probably sums up my view of him: "When it was all over,
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Nathan
Sep 16, 2007 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jimmy Carter fans. No, really.
You know how Carter got pretty much whipped by Reagan in 1980? Yeah. You know how everybody pretty much hated Carter when he left office? Yeah. You know how everybody loves him now? Yeah. This is how he did it. A lot of Presidents have left office then become more popular as a citizen, but Carter has done it in a way no others have. This book chronicles how Carter has spent his years out of office, from his turbulent relationships with George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton to his efforts to broker ...more
Roxanne
Oct 11, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it
Of all of the Presidents I think he has done a ton of good things for the world. Helping promote peach, still atking to world leaders, going to conferences to stay informed, he goes all the world and has stayed busy even now.
Maggie
Dec 13, 2010 Maggie rated it really liked it
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Rating 4.5. Very well written and informative; I learned a great deal about Jimmy Carter and how many things he has been involved in since he left the White House. The amount of dedication that he and Roslyn have to their causes is truly inspiring. I was consistently amazed at the number of balls he kept in the air and how hard he worked at everything he did. I didn't always agree with what he did and often thought that he was naive in his view of events or individuals, but he meant to better th ...more
Kenneth Barber
May 29, 2013 Kenneth Barber rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book. Jimmy Carter did so much in world affairs after he left the presidency. The founding of the Carter Center in Atlanta was the beginning if his efforts to improve the world. Activities such as working to distribute vaccines to wipe out malaria smallpox guinea worm etc were fostered. His efforts to mediate world conflicts and supervise democratic elections in countries previously ruled by dictators was also a focal point. Lastly his efforts on behalf of habitat for hum ...more
Heather
Apr 22, 2010 Heather marked it as to-read
_white house diaries_ is not out yet. (he's coming to speak in slc this fall, if you wish to plan ahead.) so this will appease me for now.
Bill
Mar 21, 2008 Bill rated it really liked it
Certainly raised my admiration for Carter. In the context of those who came after him, he looks pretty good!
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Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The Chicago Tribune has dubbed him “America’s new past master.” His most recent books are The Quiet World, The Wilderness Warrior, and The Great Deluge. Six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.
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