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Former president and Nobel laureate Carter has published several memoirs. His latest heartfelt effort tackles a somewhat abstract topic: how sharing affects the enjoyment of any activity. When he was a boy in Archery, Ga., Carter realized he had to share an experience (seeing puppies born, watching a rat die of poisoning, etc.) with his buddies before they could collectively understand its meaning. As Carter matured, relationships became more compartmentalized, and he learned to act independently. His early married years were the height of his unilateralism; when he decided to retire from the navy and move the family to Plains, Ga., he simply exercised his "dominance as a husband" and announced it to his wife, Rosalynn. Learning to treat Rosalynn and their children as "equal partners" didn't come easily for Carter; it was only after his election as Georgia's governor that he started sharing fully with his wife (although, with characteristic candor, he adds, "I have to admit... that on occasion, I long for the earlier days"). Sharing the planning, the doing and the evaluating of an activity—whether it's running for office, volunteering or taking family excursions—gives it more depth, more meaning, he says. Indeed, as Carter ages and contemplates becoming slightly less active, the pleasure he's found by simply watching his grandchildren's pleasure has been a whole new revelation.
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Carter, generally held in high regard these days, is the poster president for the good works that former chief executives can accomplish. His books always prove popular, whether they are memoirs or historical fiction, and his latest one undoubtedly will be no exception. This is an even more personal book than his previous autobiographical works. In it, he recalls various occasions in his life that became "lasting sources of pleasure." Arranged in relatively chronological order, these special remembrances, which endowed him with special feelings he can still almost taste, include his personal reasons for seeing his father as a hero, watching minor- and major-league baseball games growing up, his days in the navy, road trips with his wife and children, his entry into politics, taking vacations while in the White House, his famous volunteer work, and even his hobbies. Carter admits that this book is a way for him not only to share some good experiences but also to inspire "anyone desiring to stretch mind and heart, to combine work and pleasure, and to reach out to others." Brad Hooper
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (November 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739448110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743270335
  • ASIN: 0743270339
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,810,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, and served as thirty-ninth President of the United States. He and his wife, Rosalynn, founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that prevents and resolves conflicts, enhances freedom and democracy, and improves health around the world. He is the author of numerous books, including Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, An Hour Before Daylight and Our Endangered Values. He received a "Best Spoken Word" Grammy Award for his recording of Our Endangered Values. All of President Carter's proceeds from this series will go to the Maranatha Baptist Church of Plains, Georgia.

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By NAC on January 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
An amazing book by an amazing man. Discount the last reviewer. If he did read it, it must have been over his head, especially since he gives five star reviews to Prince albums. Nobody likes a hater, especially a nerdy loner with no taste. Jimmy Carter is an amazing man and we could all do well by learning something from him, myself and haters included.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo A. Fernandez on November 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sharing Good Times by President Jimmy Carter

President Carter has written another excellent book, this one is his 19th. I think that this book is unique in that he touches on and vividly describes his thoughts and feelings on very personal and private topics. He admits that he had difficulties sharing problems and tribulations early on in his life. He talks frankly of how he has made such a conscious effort to involve his wife and other family and friends in his affairs and he describes how beautifully this has paid off for him. In his first campaign, for example, he didn't even discuss this life changing decision with her until he was getting dressed to register as a candidate on his 38th birthday. Now he and his wife Rosalynn are such equal partners that this early beginning seems so unreal. I believe that this book will have a similar positive effect on historians and casual President Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter enthusiasts, as did his well-known book An Hour Before Daylight.

He provides the reader with an inside view of major personal events of his life. It begins with his early life growing up in a small Georgia town of Plains, Georgia, and continues to write of events up through August of 2004. This book gives his unique perspective of life before, during, and after his presidency. We are treated with wonderful stories throughout the book on many topics such as baseball, Navy life, traveling with his family, campaigns, sporting activities, White House vacations, and private hobbies. He has a few humorous stories concerning his eleven grandchildren, which are just delightful.

Most importantly, President Carter opens up about topics, which are dear to his and his wonderful wife's hearts; serving others.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Phillips on November 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Former President Jimmy Carter's latest book is in many ways and addendum to some of his earlier works and it includes many stories that will be found in those previous works. In this book however, Carter adds to and builds on those previous stories and in a few cases adds details that he probably left out of his earlier books on purpose. President Carter may seem like an austere and serious individual but as one follows his adventures in this book his lighthearted and fun-loving side becomes obvious. In many instances I was reminded of the perpetual adolescence of Teddy Roosevelt.

In this book the former President chronicles many of the, "Good Times" in his life. He writes of vacations, side excursions to business trips, and his numerous hobbies. It seems that even on the most serious trips that President Carter makes for the Carter Center he takes at least some time for his hobby of bird watching. This is an addictive hobby that I share with Mr. Carter and can fully relate to his excitement when first spotting a new species. My wife often notes that around our house the birds will always have food whether we do or not.

The real story behind these tales of adventure however is the story of how the former President learned to fully include his family and friends in his adventures. Most Southern men who grew up in the pre World War II South have the common trait of being somewhat aloof. There is no doubt that these men love their families but they have a very hard time expressing or sharing that love. My father was born about ten years before President Carter and shared this same problem with him.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ken Zirkel on May 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is probably the most inconsequential of Carter's "mini-memoirs", having little of the timeless insight of, say, "An Hour Before Daylight" and covering some of the same ground. This one looks across Carter's entire life, though, and recounts some particularly memorable occasions he spent, well, sharing good times with friends.

I have to admit, though, that as a fan and admirer of Carter I did find it interesting to learn that he is an avid outdoorsman and hiker well into his later years. He has climbed to Everest base camp in his 60's and climbed Mount Fuji in his 70's. He's not above using the perks of his reputation to get a private tour of a world-famous museum that's closed for renovations, or to get a private nature tour in between overseeing third-world elections. In fact, the man requires that he get a tour from a licensed naturalist every place his visits while doing business for the Carter Center.

You might see the man as egocentric and maybe a bit daffy; I know many folks do. But I found myself dreaming that I was part of his inner circle, and hoping to imitate him in my own later years. I give it an objective three star rating, but add a star if you are a fellow Carter admirer.
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