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39 - James Carter

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Editado: Jun 15, 2009, 8:36pm

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

Election Carter (297 electoral votes) vs. Ford (240)

Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital.
Carter was one of three presidents to attend a military academy. He went to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.
Jimmy Carter is a speed reader. He has been recorded reading 2000 words per minute.
Carter studied nuclear physics at Annapolis.
In 1953 he returned to Georgia to take over the family peanut farm. He improved production and became a millionaire in the peanut industry by 1979.
Carter was the first president sworn in using his nickname, Jimmy.
He was the first president to send his mother on a diplomatic mission.
When he conducted the first presidential phone-in, over nine million people tried to call.

Editado: Jul 15, 2009, 1:31pm

Somehow, I've managed to read two biographies of Carter. Of the two, I preferred the Bourne book over the Kaufman book.

Peter Bourne wrote Jimmy Carter: A Comprehensive Biography from Plains to Post-Presidency. This is roughly 500 to 600 pages. As its title indicates, it is comprehensive.

The other one I read focused more on Carter's presidency. Burton Kaufman's book is The Presidency of James Earl Carter, Jr. Around 300 pages or so.

After reading these two, I doubt I'll read anymore Carter bios anytime soon.

Jul 15, 2009, 1:30pm

I read about this one in both the New York Times and the Washington Post. Though I'm committed to reading the presidential bios in order, I have moved this one up to the near-term TBR pile.

What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?': Jimmy Carter, America's 'Malaise,' and the Speech that Should Have Changed the Country by Kevin Mattson.

This is the book about Carter's "Malaise speech." Today is the 30th anniversary of that speech.

Jun 14, 2013, 9:07am

I just finished Jimmy Carter's book Our Endangered Values. It was written seven years ago and is his take on the invasion of government by religious right wingers. Very disturbing and unfortunately things have gotten worse. He reflects on his presidency and how he upheld laws that were not in keeping with his religious beliefs because that was what he was sworn to do. I will have to digest this one a little more. Mr. Carter reminds me of that fictional character Ned Stark, an honorable man, but when you are surrounded by those who have not an ounce of honor among them they tend to eat your lunch and then some.

Jun 20, 2013, 10:16am

The best two books on Carter, to date, that I've read include Douglas Brinkley's The Unfinished Presidency and President Carter's book Turning Point. Carter has set the standard for what it means to be a productive, if not controversial (at times), ex-President.

Jun 20, 2013, 3:04pm

I think much more of Carter in retrospect than I did during his Presidency. It was unfortunate that he became paralyzed by the Iranian Hostage Crisis, because much of his other endeavors as POTUS are quite admirable. Still, if had not been for the Ted Kennedy challenge and the Jon Anderson run, he would have surely been re-elected.

Mar 25, 2015, 11:58am

Finished Jimmy Carter by Julian E. Zelizer from The American Presidents series. He clearly sees Carter's presidency as a failed one. Some interesting thoughts, but because of the series format, nowhere detailed enough.

Editado: Fev 11, 2018, 11:53am

Jimmy Carter: A Comprehensive Biography From Plains to Post Prsidency by Peter G. Bourne.

He accomplished so much more after his presidency and was a true humanitarian. All ex-presidents should devote themselves to such "good works".