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Jimmy Carter: A Comprehensive Biography from Plains to Post-Presidency

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Jimmy Carter's friend and former White House associate reassesses this enigmatic and paradoxically private, public man, vilified and misunderstood as our 39th president, beloved and admired today as the Great Peacemaker and social activist. photos.
Hardcover, 553 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Scribner Book Company
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Jacki
Feb 28, 2014 Jacki rated it really liked it
Came in just under the wire for this one! Finished on the last day of February :)

I loved this except for the 70 dense pages on his campaign for presidency. That part was a yawn, but the author was personally involved so I felt like he was just pumped about it.

I kind of loved Jimmy Carter's love for all things human rights. He got into politics almost accidentally, just because it seemed like a way to help out and then just kept getting elected. The presidency maybe wasn't the greatest fit for
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Brian Schwartz
Aug 15, 2013 Brian Schwartz rated it it was ok
Bourne’s biography is simply not a well conceived book. On the positive side, Bourne does describe and analyze in great detail Carter’s unshakable Christian faith and how that faith shaped his personal and political conduct. When it comes to being a Christian, Jimmy Carter is the real deal. I doubt any other president has been so dedicated to his faith.

Most interesting (and unknown to me until I read Bourne’s book) was Carter’s devotion to the teachings of theologian Reinhold Niebhur. Carter emb
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Chi Pham
Jan 01, 2013 Chi Pham rated it really liked it
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I picked up the book when I saw its title for the first time. The title reminded me that I have absolutely no knowledge about Jimmy Carter. I knew he was an American president. But what did he do? I could conceal my ignorance behind the facade that I have no need to learn about American politics & history, but then this political regime wielded influence all over the world, and affected so many human lives.

So in the end, what did this book teach me? I repeat, I still have no interest in Jim
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Tim Basuino
Jun 20, 2014 Tim Basuino rated it really liked it
Bourne presents a much more in-depth look at Carter than I'm used to seeing/hearing. It turns out Jimmy was an outsider who managed his way to the nation's top honor, which is for some reason lost on those who take Fox News seriously. This bio also underscores what I've thought all along - like it or not, Americans need "real politicians" in Washington, and anybody who runs for office with their main qualification being a non-politician are best ignored.
John
Jul 05, 2013 John rated it liked it
Very insightful regarding his presidency and the major politically and world news events occurring in the late 70's.
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Good Heart President! But DID nothing!
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