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White House diary

Author: Jimmy Carter
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Diaries
Named Person: Jimmy Carter; Jimmy Carter
Material Type: Biography, Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jimmy Carter
ISBN: 9780374280994 0374280991
OCLC Number: 555656307
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xv, 570 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: A chronology of my White House years --
Senior officials in my administration --
Prelude: The campaign --
1977 --
1978 --
1979 --
1980 --
1981 --
Aftermath.
Responsibility: Jimmy Carter.

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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 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.

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