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Jimmy Carter: The American Presidents Series: The 39th President, 1977-1981

Jimmy Carter: The American Presidents Series: The 39th President, 1977-1981

(Book #39 in the American Presidents series)


Book Overview: Jimmy Carter: The American Presidents Series: The 39th President, 1977-1981

The maverick politician from Georgia who rode the post- Watergate wave into office but whose term was consumed by economic and international crise: Jimmy Carter.

A peanut farmer from Georgia, Jimmy Carter rose to national power through mastering the strategy of the maverick politician. As the face of the "New South," Carter's strongest support emanated from his ability to communicate directly to voters who were disaffected by corruption in politics.

But running as an outsider was easier than governing as one, as Princeton historian Julian E. Zelizer shows in this examination of Carter's presidency. Once in power, Carter faced challenges sustaining a strong political coalition, as he focused on policies that often antagonized key Democrats, whose support he desperately needed. By 1980, Carter stood alone in the Oval Office as he confronted a battered economy, soaring oil prices, American hostages in Iran, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Carter's unpopularity enabled Ronald Reagan to achieve a landslide victory, ushering in a conservative revolution. But during Carter's post-presidential career, he has emerged as an important voice for international diplomacy and negotiation, remaking his image as a statesman for our time.

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PublisherTimes Books
Publication Date2010-09-14
EditionFirst Edition
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs
Julian E. Zelizer is a highly regarded author, historian, and professor, noted for his profound depth of understanding in American political history. Currently serving as the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, Zelizer has built an illustrious academic career spanning over two decades. He's penned several seminal books on politics and public policy, including his critically acclaimed works "On Capitol Hill" and "Burning Down the House". Known for his keen analysis and engaging writing style, Zelizer's books provide insightful perspective on historically significant events and bridge the gap between history, politics, and policy. As a regular CNN contributor and New Yorker columnist, he provides an accessible link between academia and a general audience. Renowned for his scholarly perspectives on contemporary politics, Julian E. Zelizer remains a cornerstone of American political analysis. His commitment to truth, balanced perspectives, and insightful commentary make him an essential voice in modern political discourse.

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