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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, White House Diary is a fascinating book that stands as a unique contribution to the history of the American presidency.

Biographies & Memoirs
September 20
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Customer Reviews

PopeJohnII ,

Read the Book b4 U Review

It is highly unlikely that anyone with the opinionated views of boogiemama1 or nonick321 would take the time to read this book. This is, in fact, an insightful view into the Carter Presidency, regardless of your feelings about that Presidency. He shows the Congress for what it was (and is) w/o party prejudice and calls Ted Kennedy out for what he was: a spoiled rich kid who took his ball and whined home. You do not have to like or even agree with President Carter to appreciate his honesty in this book.

Allen Dale ,

One Great Man!!

Had more legislation and programs passed then any other president of our time. That is a fact!!
Simply would not conform to the ways of DC, so he received no support from either party!! Look at what he has done for 30 years. What did/have the others done? Do your research!!

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