Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope

Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope

by Jimmy Carter

Acknowledged as having the most important and admirable post-presidential career in the nations history, Carter recounts his adventures over the last 25 years, including founding the Carter Center and his service on behalf of humanity. Photos throughout.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Nonfiction
  • Rating: 3.74
  • Pages: 272
  • Publish Date: November 7th 2007 by Simon & Schuster
  • Isbn10: 1416558802
  • Isbn13: 9781416558804

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There were at least half a dozen times that this book caused me to think, "My God, Jimmy Carter is more amazing than Batman." I'm not joking. Here's what strikes me most about Carter's reading: On one hand, the text steers far, far clear of any emotional appeals that feel cheap or manipulative -- Carter trusts that he and the reader share similar values, including the importance of the well-being of others. His work uses a logical rather than an emotional appeal to those shared values, and this is reflected in his even-keeled, level-headed speaking style. I have a hard time imagining *Batman* doing the same thing in this situation.

We forget that Carter was the first president (and arguably, the only until recently) to make human rights the cornerstone of our foreign policy.

This is one of the most important books written in the last ten years, and should serve the American voter, student, professor - and leader of any level - for a long time to come. Think of what American presidents and other leaders could do with even a fraction of Carter's efforts and ideas.

Carter when he was in office, one can't help but admire the work he's done post-presidency.

As writer/politician, Carter lacks President Barack Obama's literary gift, but his mind is organized and his prose sparing to the good. Carter's accounts of political work in places like Haiti, North Korea, and the Sudan make for good inside stuff (if at times dated). There are things in "Beyond the White House" worthy of absorbing for Carter fans, presidential scholars, or politics junkies, but on the whole, there is no whole.

To be honest I knew that President Carter was involved in Habitat for Humanity and I'd heard of The Carter Center but this book gave me a strong appreciation for the hard work he and the former first lady have been doing the last 32 years.

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981, and the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. As president, Carter created two new cabinet-level departments: the Department of Energy and the Department of Education. Carter sought to put a stronger emphasis on human rights; he negotiated a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979.