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Jimmy Carter American Moralist

by Kenneth E. Morris

  • ISBN: 9780820319490
  • ISBN10: 082031949X

Jimmy Carter American Moralist

by Kenneth E. Morris

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr
  • Publish date: 10/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780820319490
  • ISBN10: 082031949X
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Description: The life story and moral legacy of our thirty-ninth president

Jimmy Carter has baffled the public from his first bid for elective office in racially divided rural Georgia through his postpresidential career as a global peacemaker and human rights activist. Is he a moral visionary or a well-meaning but sometimes misguided moralizer? More important, what might America learn about itself by examining the life and legacy of this enigmatic leader?

In Jimmy Carter, American Moralist, the first full-scale biography of Carter since 1980, Kenneth E. Morris shows us that any conclusions about Carter's leadership and its adequacy to his challenges as president cannot ignore the moral quandary that vexed the nation not only under Carter but ever since. Through film and popular music, personality profiles and campaign summaries, poll findings and landmark court decisions, Morris sheds light on the cultural forces that shaped Carter and produced the troubled society that made him president.

Carter's story is the moral story of our times, and in asking not whether Carter is "good" but whether he has been good for America, we see the promises and pitfalls of our common values.

"A penetrating analysis of the unique moral outlook that animated an enigmatic president". -- Kirkus Review

"(Written) with humor, precision, and precocious hindsight". -- The Washington Post Book World

"A nuanced portrait of an intelligent, sincere, and decent man, who is more complex and more conflicted than Carter himself might like us to think". -- St. Louis Post Dispatch

"A timely volume that serves as a biography, cultural critique, and reevaluation". -- Library Journal

"Required reading for every junkie ofcontemporary politics and history". -- Bill Shipp

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