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No Such Thing as a Bad Day: A Memoir Hardcover – September 28, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Longstreet Press; 1 edition (September 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156352578X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563525780
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Political reflections mingle with cancer war stories in this memoir by former presidential aide Jordan. In the last two decades of the 20th century, after serving as Jimmy Carter's chief of staff, Jordan (who caused a scandal in the Carter White House when it was reported that he'd used cocaine and insulted the wife of the Egyptian ambassador at a state dinner--charges he unequivocally denies) was diagnosed with cancer--three times. A strong advocate for aggressive treatments--he chose chemotherapy for his lymphoma and surgical removal of his prostate for his prostate cancer (his third bout of cancer involved a skin lesion, which was removed)--Jordan reflects on the lessons he's learned while surviving cancer. He gives his "ten top tips for cancer patients"; advises others to research their prognosis and treatment and to find experienced physicians; and advocates investigating the mind/body connection (studies have shown, he notes, that patients with strong relationships and a positive attitude survive longer). Along the way, he emphasizes his belief that his treatments were successful because he took responsibility for his medical care. But he also reflects on his life more generally: convinced that his cancers were caused by exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam, Jordan takes some time to discuss the war as well as his southern Georgia childhood and his political career. He thoughtfully contrasts his beloved, but racist, father with a cousin who was a civil rights activist, and he also settles some old scores in a somewhat mean-spirited fashion--including one with President Clinton, whom he clearly dislikes. Although artlessly written and at times randomly assembled, this book is a quirky, feisty addition to the growing stack of memoirs by late-20th-century presidential aides. 100,000 first printing; 6-city author tour. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Although Jordan, who served as President Carter's chief-of-staff, dislikes having his old boss described as our most effective ex-president, Jordan's most important accomplishments have also occurred after his Washington years. Jordan endured three attacks of cancer by the time he was 50--a near-fatal lymphoma as well as prostate and skin cancer--and has beaten them all. He offers cancer sufferers and their families ways to combat the disease by, in part, being positive and proactive. Cancer's shadow hung over Jordan long before he was first diagnosed in 1985. His father died from prostate cancer and his mother from lung cancer, while the President he served lost his three siblings to pancreatic cancer. Here, Jordan offers descriptions of his three bouts with cancer, interspersed with anecdotes about his life, including his tour as a civilian volunteer in Vietnam (where his exposure to Agent Orange may have caused his cancers) and the story of Camp Sunshine, the camp for cancer-stricken children he founded with his wife, a pediatric oncology nurse, three years before his first attack. Jordan's sound, upbeat advice makes this a good choice for public libraries.
-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., PA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Read this book to educate your mind and nourish your soul.
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It is a must read for anyone who has cancer or has loved ones who have cancer.
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Feeling somewhat down, this book really lifted my spirits.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My son-in-law gave me a copy of this book and I could not put it down. Mr Jordon's message is one that we could all use and learn from. What a journey this man has had--from a brush with the civil rights movement as a child, service in Vietnam, White House chief-of staff, and later, three battles with cancer.
I wish I could convey how much this book touched me. I would highly encourage anyone who is looking for an inspirational voice to read this book. It will make you laugh, cry, and teach you something about our country. Ulimately, it will give lessons about life and how precious it is.
Thank you, Mr. Jordan.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am not a very big book person, although I still like to look in to books my friends recommend to me...however, I usually never find them that interesting. After several of my friends had all passed around one advance copy of this book and loved it, they insisted that I start it. Not only was it the first book I have completed in three years (the last was Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), but it only took me 2 days (a record for me). What further AMAZES me is that myself or no one I know has had cancer problems before, and I previously knew nothing of Jordan's political history, but the book was still engrossing. The author has the ability to write with a simplicity that appeals to ALL readers, no matter what their interests are. PLEASE, GO OUT AND BUY THIS BOOK! I am absolutely SURE you will love it. Thanks!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2000
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Being a southerner myself, and also having almost every single male member of my family die of cancer, this book really hit home for me. It is inspirational and full of hope. I think Mr. Jordan's legacy will not be his time in politics, but more importantly it will be his own life story and the war he and his family have waged against cancer. The book is uplifting and entertaining. The political history itself makes the book a fascinating read, but the real story is Mr. Jordan's successful battles with cancer. I am so glad that I had an opportunity to read this book, and I truly believe that it will inspire anyone who picks it up. I guarantee you won't be able to put it down- I couldn't!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2000
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A friend recommended Hamilton Jordan's NO SUCH THING AS A BAD DAY and I approached this author's non-fiction account of his life defeating cancer with skepticism. I am excited to report a TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE-esque enlightenment upon reading Mr. Jordan's book. His character, afforded unique opportunities in his famed life, was challenged against all odds; Jordan's spirit triumphs through his novel (and through his life)--giving hope to all who empathize.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2000
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I am an avid reader.....usually prefer fiction but this was like a true-life Forrest Gump story. I laughed and I cried and could not put it down. If you are feeling sorry for yourself, this little book will give you a big lift!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kara Kluttz on April 18, 2000
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Hamilton Jordan's No Such Thing As A Bad Day is a must-read for anyone who has battled cancer or knows someone who has been touched by this illness in some capacity. Jordan's ability to thoughtfully reach cancer survivors with compassion and good humor allows the reader to accompany him through his remarkable victory over cancer. Furthermore, his relentless battle is carefully woven through an exciting historical and political narrative. As Jimmy Carter's former chief-of-staff, Jordan's democratic voice and unique vision provide a thoughtful lens through which to examine our nation's growth. From a chance meeting with Martin Luther King Jr to a good-spirited rivalry with a young Bill Clinton, Jordan captures the pulse of a nation with the spirit of a survivor. Finally, No Such Thing As A Bad Day reminds us all of our inner strength and the ability to surmount great odds in the face of adversity. I thank Mr. Jordan for this literary gift. He is a living testament to the power of mind-over-matter and the personification of inspiration.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 2000
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A wonderful book. One of those that you hate it when it is over. History, inspiration, funny at times and pognant at others....best book this year!
Great for people with cancer and their loved ones but good for the rest of us too!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2000
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I was a bit skeptical about this book because I expected it was just politics...what a surprise! The moving story of one man whose three battles with cancer have shaped his attitude and life in powerful and wonderful ways. Well written, funny at places, touching at others......I did not put it down and read it straight through. Made me feel good to read it and recommend it wihout reservation. It will touch your life.
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