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White House Diary Hardcover – September 20, 2010
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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)
Top Customer Reviews
In "Keeping Faith," President Carter explains that in writing his memoir, he frequently referenced his diary, and he often includes diary entries directly in the text. These selections compliment the narrative very well, and illustrate the thought process behind some of his decisions. However, the diary selections in "Keeping Faith" consist of just a sentence or two here or there. Also, "Keeping Faith" was written in 1982, so while still relevant, many of its discussions have become dated.
While "White House Diary" is not an unabridged copy of every single diary entry, it does provide thorough, comprehensive coverage of Carter's presidency. I don't know of any other modern US president who has given us this level of access to their private thoughts and feelings. The writing style is classic Jimmy Carter: intelligent yet easy to read, slightly stiff yet completely honest. This hardcover book's layout and quality are top-notch, including dozens of black & white photos; some familiar, some that I don't recall ever having seen.
The text is organized in an intuitive manner. Diary entries comprise the majority of the text, which is printed in standard font. Notes about the diary passages are indicated by italics, and are very helpful. This is where Carter ties in relevant personal thoughts, past and present leaders and political players, and current events.Read more ›
The latest tactic from conservative extremists is to criticize and demean anyone who has a differing political bent. It's a sad and distasteful way to represent the proud party of Lincoln; himself a gentleman and free thinker. In the spirit of free speech and intelligent discourse, there is certainly a place to argue the merits and deficiencies of our leaders. But a book review of any merit will focus on matters of writing style, content, and narrative; that's why it's called a "book review" and not a "cable news debate". Further, it lacks a fair and balanced sense of integrity if one criticizes a book they have never read. The lack of genuine content in these reviews makes this fact embarrassingly obvious. And, really, intelligent people of any political stripe deserve more than a bizarre rant.
My advice as a fellow reader and consumer is to ignore BOTH five-star reviews as well as those with a negative agenda and pay special attention to those in between. I often find excellent feedback there; the result of fair and vigorous assessment. Kudos are given where due and appropriately backed. Similarly, weaknesses are addressed without sentimentality or reservation.
Here's what I like about Carter's writing:
1) It's simple, concise, and nicely crafted. Only meaningful details and descriptions make their way into the author's prose. He's not flowery. He's not sparse. It's the right balance which makes for an accessible and engaging read.Read more ›
1. The incredible work load in the day-to-day job
2. The Camp David Accords
3. How many problems of Carter's term still exist
Overall, whether you like Jimmy Carter or not, this is a must read book for anyone concerned about partisan politics and the damage that being divided causes our country. This book makes me want to learn more about Jimmy Carter and the late 1970's in America.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
He shares his daily activities, his weight, his time with his daughter Amy, the beauty level of the women he sees, what he would do in case of a nuke attack, his meetings with... Read morePublished 1 day ago by ellison
Fantastic read. It gave me a whole new and wholly unexpected view of our nation's 39th President. A real workhorse of a Chief Executive who more often than not stood by his... Read morePublished 12 months ago by David Alexander Steele
Jimmy Carter famously said "I'll never lie to you," and the publication of this diary proves it: surely at some point an editor suggested he edit out some of the more... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bill
This is the lowest I have ever scored the writings of a former President. I appreciate Carter sharing his diary thirty years later, and I always enjoy getting a glimpse inside the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tommy