A New York Times Bestseller
Each day during his presidency, Jimmy Carter kept a private diary. In it, he supplied unvarnished assessments of cabinet members, congressmen, and foreign leaders, and narrated the progress of secret negotiations; he recorded his thoughts and his impressions of White House life, and chronicled the delights and the frustrations of occupying the world's most powerful political office. Yet this extraordinary document was never made public--until now. By carefully selecting the most illuminating entries, Carter provides us with an astonishingly intimate view of his presidency. Day by day, we see his forceful advocacy for nuclear containment, and his campaign for peace in the Middle East. Remarkably, thirty years after the fact, he has annotated the diary with candid reflections on the people and events that shaped his presidency, and on the many lessons he learned. Offering an unprecedented look inside 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.
Prelude: The Campaign
About the time I announced my candidacy for president in December 1974, Gallup published a poll that included the question "Among Democrats, whom do you prefer as the next nominee?" There were thirty-two names on Gallup's...
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Praise for White House Diary
“Fascinating...The pace gives a sense of what it is like to be president, and the entries contain blunt appraisals of the people with whom he dealt.” —The New York Times
“Outstanding…Anyone seeking insight into the thirty-ninth president of the United States would do well to pick up [this] book.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“A substantial contribution to [history]… a uniquely unfiltered look at what occupying the Oval Office day to day means.” —Los Angeles Times
“[Carter's] tart wit and cutting candor add flavor to a revealing portrait of presidential achievement.” —Publishers Weekly-
In the Press
Patient readers will find in Jimmy Carter's diary entries a sense of what it is like to be president. - The New York Times
Presidents Jimmy Carter and Herbert Hoover might be bracketed together for a number of reasons. Both were engineers by training, shared an almost theological faith in the chimera of governmental - Los Angeles Times
The snarl behind the toothy grin emerges in these acerbic entries culled from the 39th president's personal diary. Carter vents against everyone, from Congress (disorganized juvenile delinquents), t - Publishers Weekly