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The Real Jimmy Carter: How Our Worst Ex-president Undermines American Foreign Policy, Coddles Dictators, and Created the Party of Clinton and Kerry Hardcover – 19 Mar 2004

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing Inc; 1st Edition edition (19 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895260905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895260901
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caped Crusader on 19 Feb 2011
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Every leader and every public figure has bad luck. They have their critics and have myths and misconceptions surrounding them. At some later point in history they usually deserve to have their time in the limelight reappraised.

When Steve Hayward sat down to write his bio of Carter, that very process was taking place. But in the case of Jimmy Carter, not only are those myths correct, we're still paying the price for Carter's time in office. Many of these problems, Hayward explains, are simply the result of Carter's complex personality.

Hayward pieces together a convincing portrait of the dark side of Jimmy Carter, starting from his hometown of Plains and early days in politics; taking personal accounts from many of those who worked with Carter, as well as other biographers and journalists.

"Carter was never a regular guy" observed Patrick Anderson. Yet in some profound way, this is a man ill at ease in the presence of others, a man who hasn't learnt the "language of men". His personal White House secretary recalled that Carter rarely greeted her or even wished her a Happy Thanksgiving or Merry Christmas. At the same time, Carter seemed to bring his engineering mentality to politics. Hayward quotes Carter when he admits to making what seemed an unfortunate pledge as governor of Georgia "to read every bill before I voted on it."

Considering Georgia's state house would see as many as 2500 proposed bills per year, less than half would come to a vote. Hayward explains, reading all of these is a poor use of a senators time.
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By Elwyn J. Richards on 29 Mar 2014
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Carter was without doubt one of America's worst presidents of the modern era, and earned universal condemnation for his handling of the Iran Hostage debacle. I was, however, extremely disappointed with the overall content of Hayward's book which painted Carter as a resentful and bitter ex-president who did all he could to undermine the efforts of American foreign policy. Carter, you will recall, did more than any other President to try to bring the warring factions in the Middle East to a peaceful settlement and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts, something which Hayward seems only to keen to gloss over.
I would strongly advise anyone not to waste his money purchasing this book, but that, of course, must be your decision.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
From Bad to Worst 24 Jun 2013
By allan500 - Published on
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Since the writing of this book Jimmy Carter has shown himself to be an even bigger buffoon than he was while president. He recently chastised the Catholic Church for who it chooses to ordain as priests??? He is consistent in that he takes on issues he knows nothing about, putting forth a logic that defies reality. I can well remember his pettiness when president over such important issues as who should be authorized to use the White House pool. The book is filled with examples of Jimmy's pettiness, spitefulness and blunting. One comes away from the book with a sense that Carter's primary flaw is the he is a man of limited means who takes himself way too serious. Add to that a nasty disposition, and you have the making of a loser.
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Carter's Watch 12 Sep 2009
By L. Cabos - Published on
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A good detailing of probaby the most failed President in modern political memory. The nadir of modern liberalism, he boldly led this country into a downward spiral despite what the experts said: that it was impossible to have double-digit inflation, interest rates and unemployment at the same time. Jimmy Carter proved them all to be dead wrong. If you are imcompetent enough, you can achieve success. This was the same man who with the strength of character and conviction told the American people that he was unpopular because they were sick. Who else but Jimmy Carter could take two stalwart allies and turn them into bitter enemies? No one, I think. An anti-Semite and proud of it, Carter strove mightly to ensure that Israel would have enduring peace -- albeit the peace of the grave. At the height of the Cold War he consistently pursued policies at would lead to America's defeat. Is it any wonder that Carter, in 1980, suffered the most savage political beating of any sitting President in modern history? After the last rally on the eve of the election, while on Air Force One, when told by his aides he could not win he showed his mettle: he sat down with his wife and they wept. A visionary, he conceeded the election before the polls closed in the west, thus ensuring the defeat of many in his own party. We shall not see his like again -- or perhaps we have. He's in the White House now.
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Exposing book on Carter 26 Feb 2008
By John H. Hwung - Published on
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A presidency emanates from a person's character. A president is defined by what he did, not what he said. Look at what Jimmy Carter have done during his presidency and you pretty much know his person. Likewise, look at what he has done after he became an ex-president (embracing dictators and despot leaders) and you get a clear picture of his person.

This book goes through Mr. Carter's entire public career, shows that in each office to which he was elected he won the elections by crooked means. It also shows that he could run the elections, but he was incompetent in holding these offices.

Clearly, Jimmy Carter is one of the worst, if not the worst, president in the U.S. history. This book reveals the real person of Carter. It is a worthwhile read, although I wish there were more excitement in the language.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By mimi - Published on
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I now know why my Father always swore about Carter when he came on tv. Book was well written. This was a very good read. To me, Carter is a real cyco. He hids as many pretend Christians do behind his religion. It makes those of us, who are real Christians look bad. He will have to meet his own maker one of these days and will have alot to explain. I decided to read up on him to see why he is considered one of the worst Presidents ever. I found out why!!!
42 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating information in this book! 27 Jun 2005
By Geoff Puterbaugh - Published on
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If you actually sit down and read this book, you will find the following FASCINATING information on page 98, "President Carter at Home."

For context, remember that Carter's overwhelming domestic problem was inflation, which reached 13% during his presidency. I had read this book (rapidly) a few months ago, but came back for clues about how this particular disaster happened.

Well, the answer is obvious. Carter expanded the money supply. Not once or twice, but continuously. He seemed to have some vague idea that printing (or authorizing) more money would just generally be a good idea. But it's hard to say why Jimmy Carter did anything.

When asked about inflation, in April of 1978, Jimmy Carter said, and I quote: "It is a myth that the government itself can stop inflation."

OK, if you understand Basic Economics, you can pick your jaw up off the floor. But even more fascinating is what Jimmy went on to say. He said that inflation forced us to confront unpleasant facts about ourselves, such as the fact that some people were selfish and refused to make sacrifices for the common welfare.

So how did Jimmy Carter explain inflation? It obviously had nothing to do with his own constant expansion of the money supply. Nope, it was the fault of the idiots who elected him, those selfish American people.

This is your clue here: when Jimmy Carter starts explaining things to you, don't bother listening unless you want a totally unfounded guilt-trip.
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