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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 – March 19, 2004

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Jimmy Carter: America's best ex-president? Only if you're not bothered by the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism (which started on his watch), the shamefaced foreign policy of Bill Clinton and John Kerry (ditto), and think that ex-presidents should travel the world coddling dictators and bad-mouthing America à la Jesse Jackson. Jimmy Carter has been given a free ride from the liberal media, liberal historians, and even the American people, who excuse his political delinquencies and disasters on the grounds that he is a "good" man. But as bank robber Willie Sutton said of Carter: "I've never seen a bigger confidence man in my life, and I've been around some of the best in the business." It's time to set the record straight. Finally, an honest historian-Steven F. Hayward, author of The Age of Reagan-demolishes the myth of "Saint" Jimmy and exposes how he created today's leftist Democratic party of John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. Jimmy Carter's laundry list of failures aren't just accidents of history: They're rooted in Carter's deeply flawed character and ideology-a smugly pious arrogance matched with a profound distrust of America. The Real Jimmy Carter reveals: • Carter as meddling ex-president: Why a Time magazine columnist wrote that some of Carter's "Lone Ranger work has taken him dangerously close to the neighborhood of what we used to call treason" • How Carter befriended North Korea during the Clinton administration, appeasing the communist regime and giving it cover for its nuclear weapons program • How Carter made direct contacts with Soviet officials to try to subvert President Reagan's anti-communist policies • The shocking extent of Carter's clandestine efforts to sabotage the first Gulf War in 1990 and how he used Gulf War II to publicly question the Christian faith of America's commander in chief • How Carter befriended Yasir Arafat-making himself an enemy of Israel • Carter as politician: a vicious campaigner-and even race-baiter • The Carter White House during the disasters of the Sandinista takeover of Nicaragua, the energy crisis and stagflation, the Iranian revolution and hostage crisis, and the invasion of Afghanistan • How Carter, the failed president, remade himself as Carter the humanitarian and freelance foreign policy critic of America • How a Nobel official inadvertently revealed that Carter's Nobel Prize was actually meant as a slap at America The Real Jimmy Carter is a shocker, showing why the peanut president should never have left his farm.

About the Author

Steven F. Hayward is a senior fellow of the Pacific Research Institute, a public policy think-tank based in San Francisco, and a contributing editor for "Reason" magazine. He holds a doctorate in history from the Claremont Graduate School.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (March 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895260905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895260901
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Cabos on September 12, 2009
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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I was in the military when Carter was elected. I hate to say it, but I voted for him and regretted within a few days after he was sworn in. This book is well written and is an eye opener on what a vindictive man he was and what a lousy president he turned out to be.
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...the book, but attack the messenger. For those who have problems with the book, please stick to facts, not `Flying Monkeys'.
The thing I notice a lot is that people who obviously don't read the book but dislike the premise of the author, love writing negative reviews.
I used to really like Jimmy, but when he goes to Cuba and slobbers on Fidel, I started rethinking the president whom I always considered `nice, but incompetent'.
In retrospect, I think Jimmy is what changed me as a lifelong Democrat to start seeing the other side of the argument. Certainly if he is one of our best presidents, we need to reconsider the party's stand.
His similarities to Kerry, who has said he might appoint JC to a State Department level position, are sobering.
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