A Full Life
By Jimmy Carter
FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY Carter is 90 years old and has written a new book in which he tells what has made him proud in his life and what he would have done differently. “A Full Life” is a great title in that few people have accomplished what he has over such a long period. From serving as a submarine officer in the Navy, to becoming a successful farmer, then leading Georgia as governor, and later becoming the thirty-ninth president of the United States, Carter has had a life packed with significant roles.
Accolades have accumulated in the years since his presidency. He has won the Nobel Peace Prize, been acclaimed for his humanitarian service to the poor, and has written several books. This book is not a bragging exercise, however, as with warmth and humility Jimmy Carter examines his many accomplishments and failures. He writes about his varied experiences and concludes, “There are some that I enjoyed and savor, and others that I wish had never happened.”
As a person who rose from rural obscurity to worldwide recognition, President Carter has always been known as an honest and candid appraiser of the situation at hand. Sometimes the truth he spoke was bad news such as in the energy crisis and the Iranian revolution. Some attribute his losing his bid for reelection as president to his refusal to gloss over the negatives our country faced.
This book traces Carter’s life from boyhood to his senior years. It is an interesting autobiography but also an insightful history of the United States for the last 80-plus years. From race relations to matters of war and peace, President Carter has been in the middle of the conflicts. He does not severely criticize the presidents who followed him, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush. He does critique the role of the United States in world affairs during their years in leadership.
Jimmy Carter pays tribute to his wife, Rosalynn, and how they together made a new life following the regrets of leaving Washington after only one term in the White House. He writes that he wants to be remembered as a faithful Christian and champion for those living in poverty in the developing world. This book should be read by every student of American history. The wisdom learned over a long life is recounted with frank clarity, and the lessons learned are well worth sharing with readers.
Emerald Isle Books
A Full Life