In his major New York Times bestseller, Jimmy Carter looks back from ninety years of age and "reveals private thoughts and recollections over a fascinating career as businessman, politician, evangelist, and humanitarian" (Booklist).
At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life with a frankness that is disarming. He adds detail and emotion about his youth in rural Georgia that he described in his magnificent An Hour Before Daylight. He writes about racism and the isolation of the Carters. He describes the brutality of the hazing regimen at Annapolis, and how he nearly lost his life twice serving on submarines and his amazing interview with Admiral Rickover. He describes the profound influence his mother had on him, and how he admired his father even though he didn't emulate him. He admits that he decided to quit the Navy and later enter politics without consulting his wife, Rosalynn, and how appalled he is in retrospect.
In his "warm and detailed memoir" (Los Angeles Times), Carter tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his re-election, but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world.
"Always warm and human…even inspirational" (Buffalo News), A Full Life is a wise and moving look back from this remarkable man. Jimmy Carter has lived one of our great American lives—from rural obscurity to world fame, universal respect, and contentment. A Full Life is an extraordinary read from a "force to be reckoned with" (Christian Science Monitor).
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by Jimmy Carter
by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, Jimmy Page
"Clearly no one but President Carter himself should deliver this memoir. The book reflects his perspective on his years in public life as well as his private life. But that's also the problem with the work. Carter's reading style is plodding, and he sometimes interjects pauses at odd moments in a sentence. This makes listening more difficult. In addition, there are numerous passages in which he lists the people related to events--such as performers at the White House or participants in an economic summit--which are a bit dry. In print, this wouldn't be an issue, but listening to the litany is less effective. Overall, the book is informative and at times illuminating, particularly for listeners who've never heard Carter read his other works. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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