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The outlier : The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter

Bird, Kai (author.).

Summary: "Four decades after Ronald Reagan's landslide win in 1980, Jimmy Carter's one-term presidency is often labeled a failure; indeed, many Americans view Carter as the only ex-president to have used the White House as a stepping-stone to greater achievements.But in retrospect the Carter political odyssey is a rich and human story, marked by both formidable accomplishments and painful political adversity. In this deeply researched, brilliantly written account, Kai Bird expertly unfolds the Carter saga as a tragic tipping point in American history. As president, Carter was not merely an outsider, but an outlier. He was the only president in a century to grow up in the heart of the Deep South, and his born-again Christianity made him the most openly religious president in memory. This outlier brought to the White House a rare mix of humility, candor-and unnerving self-confidence that neither Washington nor America was ready to embrace. Decades before today's public reckoning with the vast gulf between America'sethos and its actions, Carter looked out on a nation torn by race and demoralized by Watergate and Vietnam and prescribed a radical self-examination from which voters recoiled. The cost of his unshakable belief in doing the right thing would be a secondterm-and the ascendance of Reagan. In these remarkable pages, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Bird traces the arc of Carter's administration, from his aggressive domestic agenda to his controversial foreign policy record, taking readers inside the OvalOffice and through Carter's battles with both a political establishment and a Washington press corps that proved as adversarial as any foreign power. Bird shows how issues still hotly debated today-from national health care to growing inequality and racism to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict-burned at the heart of Carter's America, and consumed a president who found a moral duty in solving them. Drawing on interviews with Carter and members of his administration and recently declassified documents, Bird delivers a profound, clear-eyed evaluation of a leader whose legacy has been deeply misunderstood. The Outlier is the definitive account of an enigmatic presidency-both as it really happened and as it is remembered in the American consciousness"--

Record details

  • ISBN: 0451495233 (HRD)
  • ISBN: 9780451495235 (HRD)
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The Past Is Never Dead -- A Peculiar Heritage -- The Populist from Plains -- Jimmy Who? -- Mr. Carter Goes to Washington -- White House Life -- Life Is Unfair -- Lancegate -- Depatures in Foreign Policy -- "Israel Trusts No One" -- Washington Distractions-- Troubles with Liberals -- Troubles with a Speechwriter -- Triumph at Camp David -- "A Weird Period for Liberals" -- An Ayatollah's Revolution -- Tilting Against American Exceptionalism -- "You Should Fire People" -- Foreign Policy Imbroglios -- Much Ado About Nothing -- Fateful Decisions -- An Unhappy Spring -- Whipping Kennedy's Ass -- The October Surprise -- The Defeat -- White House Twilight -- Keeping Faith
Subject: Plains (Ga.) -- Biography
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1977-1981
United States -- Politics and government -- 1977-1981
Presidents -- United States -- Biography
Carter, Jimmy -- 1924-

Available copies

  • 23 of 23 copies available at Westchester Library System.


  • 0 current holds with 23 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Briarcliff Manor Public Library B CARTER (Text) 31036150951520 Biography Available -
Bronxville Public Library 973.926 B (Text) 31004151771594 Nonfiction Available -
Eastchester Public Library B CARTER (Text) 31008152551889 Biography Available -
Greenburgh Public Library B CARTER (Text) 31009154804037 Biography Available -
Hendrick Hudson Free Library B CARTER (Text) 31016151752135 Biography Available -
Irvington Public Library BIO CARTER, J (Text) 31012154536872 Biography Available -
Larchmont Public Library B CARTER (Text) 31014152970707 Biography Available -
Mount Kisco Public Library B CARTER (Text) 31017100337796 Biography Available -
Mount Pleasant Public Library B CARTER, JIMMY (Text) 31024153249506 Biography Available -
Mount Vernon Public Library B CARTER (Text) 31018155613685 Biography Available -

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