Jimmy Carter: His Memoirs

Books by Jimmy Carter: His Memoirs

Our Five Books interview on the best Jimmy Carter books (including a biography of Jimmy Carter as well as more detailed books on the economic crisis of the 1970s and an unputdownable book on the Middle East peace process) is with Johns Hopkins political scientist Robert Lieberman.

Jimmy Carter (born 1924) was the 39th President of the United States, a peanut farmer from Georgia who beat Gerald Ford (Richard Nixon’s former vice president) in the 1976 election. Rather than writing one memoir of his life, Carter wrote a number. In his interview with us, Robert Lieberman recommends Keeping Faith, written in the early 1980s.

Despite historic achievements—such as brokering a peace deal between Egypt and Israel, the 1978 ‘Camp David Accords’—Carter’s presidency would be a challenging one, with the fall of the Shah and the Iran hostage crisis internationally and economic problems at home as the second oil shock hit. A devout Christian, Carter became notable for his humanitarian work after he lost the presidency in 1980 (to Ronald Reagan), setting up the Carter Center in 1982 with his wife Rosalynn. The couple were also involved with Habitat for Humanity for more than three decades. Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

The memoirs Jimmy Carter wrote are listed below:

“He enjoys writing. Maybe doing these memoirs of different parts of his life was more interesting to him than doing a definitive, long one starting with, ‘I was born in Georgia.’”

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The Best Jimmy Carter Books, recommended by Robert Lieberman

For good books to understand Jimmy Carter and his presidency, it’s important to understand the context in which he was elected and served as president, argues political scientist Robert Lieberman. Here, he recommends five books on Jimmy Carter, winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize: “Carter was who he seemed to be, which is not something you often say about successful politicians.”

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