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Carter, Jimmy

(1924–) 39th president of the United States (1977–81), born James Earl Carter, Jr., in Plains, Georgia. After graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, Carter served in the navy under Adm. Hyman Rickover in the nuclear submarine program (1946–53). He was governor of Georgia (1970–74) and defeated incumbent President Gerald R. Ford (1976).

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Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter: The Georgia Years, 1924-1974

E. Stanly Godbold, Jr.

To recount their remarkable lives, E. Stanly Godbold, Jr. draws on academic and military records, the governor's correspondence, the recollections of the Carters themselves, as well as original, unpublished interviews with a wide variety of participants in the Carters' political and personal lives. The book reveals a man who was far more complex than the peanut farmer of popular myth, a man who cited both Reinhold Niebuhr and Bob Dylan as early influences on his legal philosophy, was heir to a sizable fortune, and who, with the help of Rosalynn, built a lucrative agribusiness. Nicknamed "Hotshot" by his father, Carter was the first president born in a hospital, rode a motorcycle before entering politics, counted Tolstoy, Dylan Thomas, William Faulkner, and James Agee among his favorite authors, and claimed his wife Rosalynn as the most influential person in his life. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter neither sanctifies nor vilifies the Carters but offers instead an even-handed, brilliantly researched, and utterly absorbing account of two ordinary people whose lives together took them to the heights of power and public service in America.

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter: The Georgia Years, 1924-1974
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