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Jimmy Carter’s full life A quick retelling of the former president’s fascinating story. By Bill Gates

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Jimmy Carter’s full life

A quick retelling of the former president’s fascinating story.

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A Full Life book review

For years our foundation has worked closely with the Carter Center in the fight against Guinea worm disease, onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, and many other diseases. Melinda and I recently had a chance to spend an evening with Jimmy and Rosalynn at their home, in Plains, Georgia. At age 92, and after a scary battle with malignant melanoma, President Carter is as sharp as ever. Mrs. Carter, who is also super smart, is still her husband’s closest friend and advisor.

“Carter’s storytelling is simple and elegant, just like the wood furniture he has made by hand all his life.”

In preparation for our trip to Plains, I read President Carter’s newest book, A Full Life. The book would have been a worthwhile read under any circumstances. At less than 250 pages, it’s a quick, condensed tour of Carter’s fascinating life. His storytelling is simple and elegant, just like the wood furniture Carter has made by hand all his life.

Although most of the stories come from previous decades, A Full Life feels timely in an era when the public’s confidence in national political figures and institutions is low. It is true that President Carter made unforced errors during his time in office. But when you read this book and have a chance to meet him in person, you can’t help but conclude that Carter is a brave, thoughtful, disciplined leader who understands the world at a remarkable level and who has improved the lives of billions of people through his advocacy for human rights and global health.

I loved reading about Carter’s improbable rise to the world’s highest office. He spent his early years in rural Georgia, in a small Sears Roebuck house without running water, electricity, or insulation. His highest aspiration was to become a plowman on his family’s farm.

His first exposure to the wider world came through his service in the U.S. Navy. He earned a student appointment at the U.S. Naval Academy during World War II, served as an officer on submarines during the Korean War, and went on to develop advanced nuclear subs. Despite being on a fast track in the Navy, Carter decided to return home to Georgia to run the family farm after his father’s passing—a move that made Rosalynn furious.

In retrospect, it makes sense that Carter would want to follow in his dad’s footsteps. James Earl Carter was a strict man who rarely gave his son praise, but Jimmy revered him. This close father-son relationship shaped Jimmy’s whole life.

To earn his father’s approval, Jimmy became a Jack of all trades and a master of most. He became skilled at everything from farming to forestry, firefighting to furniture making, differential calculus to nuclear physics. (Being a master of so many things can also have a downside. As president, he was often criticized for micromanaging, to the point of wanting to oversee the schedule for the White House tennis court.)

Perhaps more than anything else, James modeled for his son a commitment to service. While running his farm and doing significant manual labor himself, James served in the Georgia legislature, on the local board of education, on the local hospital authority, and in many other volunteer posts. These civic values are what led the younger Carter to run for the Georgia Senate in 1962. He’s lucky he had Rosalynn by his side in that race. She had great political instincts and helped him rise all the way to the White House over the subsequent 14 years.

Even though Carter had already written more than two dozen books before this one, he somehow managed to save some great anecdotes for this book. I’ll share two of my favorites:

Carter salvaged the Camp David Accords with a small human gesture. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin was furious with Carter, and the negotiations were just about to get called off, when Carter went to Begin’s cabin and gave him photographs with personal inscriptions for each of Begin’s eight grandchildren. After reading the notes, Begin “had a choked voice, and tears were running down his cheeks. I was also emotional, and he asked me to have a seat. After a few minutes, we agreed to try once more.” The rest, as they say, is history.

During the Iran Hostage Crisis, the CIA managed to sneak agents into Tehran with false German passports. One agent was caught by customs officials. “Something is wrong with your passport,” the official said. “This is the first time I’ve seen a German document that used a middle initial instead of a full name. Your name is given as Josef H. Schmidt.” The agent saved his skin with a brilliant response: “Well, when I was born my given middle name was Hitler, and I have received special permission not to use it.”

A Full Life is a good read about a great man. It made me think of David Brooks’s book The Road to Character and its insights about the values that give life purpose. As Brooks explains, the Book of Genesis contains two very different versions of Adam. “Adam I is the career-oriented, ambitious side of our nature,” Brooks writes. “He wants to have high status and win victories.” Adam II, in contrast, “wants to have a serene inner character, a quiet but solid sense of right and wrong—not only to do good, but to be good.” Jimmy Carter brought Adam II to the fore.

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paul lerner May 23, 2019He is a lovely man, BUT I did not l did not like the way he handled himself a Pres…..Goth with Iran and escpecially blaming Th Country for being in a”malaise”…..

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paul lerner May 23, 2019I met Jimmy Carter in 1876 at Century City,Ca…(The Jade West Restaurant)and was enough taken to scribble a $2,000 check for his election!

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zhi gao luo Jun 6, 2018not only to do good, but to be good

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Akangbe Adewale Mar 17, 2018Awesome.

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Jaime Gutierrez Jan 12, 2018Well’ Libia,;Was’nt known by my 6 or 7-year old bottum————2018 CANADIAN problems Happened;Stan from JAPAN…………APPARENTLY serious problems of communist infiltrated just in the last 2 weeks……What to for the PR’s that have it, Sincerely by Bill Gates & Formerly David Of Israel;Jaime Gutierrez.—>;)

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Dennis Estrada Jr. Jan 11, 2018I enjoy this

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Vijay Chawla Jan 5, 2018Good to read

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Vijay Chawla Jan 5, 2018Good to read about the man who just wanted to be a plowman and ended up being the President!

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Oluwaseun Hephzibah Babatunde Sep 29, 2017Thank you for this sir

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paul mark Aug 24, 2017hoi cartner

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Floribert Kiebo Mwanza Aug 21, 2017Give me peanuts.

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Floribert Kiebo Mwanza Aug 21, 2017Triste quand je pense aux 52 diplomates americains ,otages des iraniens sous Le President Jimmy Carter.J’etais eleve a l’epoque.

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Aver Smith Atom Aug 17, 2017I know Jimmy Carter

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Biswajit Guha Roy Aug 15, 2017President Carter probably has been the most promising personality the world has seen. When he went to Iran just before stepping down from the Presidentship ofcourse completing his tenure, Alistair cook, BBC world services’ coveted” letter from America” editor , said in one of the shows….” it’s time to Get Carter! ” so true in every way!

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Aslantepeli Aug 13, 2017Allahu Ekber. dunyayi yoneten 6 grup var. yahudiler, roma, 32, 33, zion ve 66. bunlarin hepsi islami hedef aldilar. ya cikaracaklar ya da yansin bu dunya.

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Fatemeh Jul 26, 2017He was the last U.S president who came to Iran, less than a year before the revolution, i personally look forward to reading this book and getting more information about relations between Iran and the U.S at that time.

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Людмила Бородейко Jun 25, 2017Картер очень хороший человек… Я это тоже знаю. Всякое бывает. Хорошо, что есть книга. А это небольшое мое размышление на тему: Альберт Эйнштейн, Махатма Ганди, Джин Шарп – люди, которых не поняли современники. Об этом и о другом. В 2013 году Институту Альберта Эйнштейна исполнилось 30 лет. Это институт , в котором сотрудников кроме доктора Шарпа и его исполнительного директора – никого. Коммерческая организация , названная именем великого ученого появилась благодаря другу Шарпа Махатме Ганди, борцу за справедливость и независимость Индии. Ему Джин Шарп посвятил свою первую книгу, к которой Альберт Эйнштейн написал предисловие. Ганди считался недопонятым современниками , как и Альберт Эйнштейн. Но когда Шарп обратился к великому физику в Принстоне с просьбой написать предисловие – тот согласился. Книга вышла, когда Дж. Шарпу было всего 32 года. После этого он работал в Оксворде, получил докторскую степень по политологии и принимал участие в работе центра Международных отношений. Потм стал почетным профессором Массачусетского университета в Дармуде. Его назвали крестным отцом “цветных революций” -его назвали так, но в названии революций не было ничего особенного. Особенным стал фильм “Крестный отец”, если учесть чей-то имидж, этого человека называть не хочется.
Что же такое “цветная революция”? 198 пунктов ее описания есть в самой читаемой книге Шарпа “Методы ненасильственных действий”. Это оружие социальное, политическое,психологическое, экономическое. Иначе, то что известно: марши, пикеты, письма поддержки, марши “пустых кастрюль”, нелепые костюмы, интернет-демотиваторы, протестные молебны – все это вариации, предложенных Дж. Шарпом методов.
Я не уходила и не ухожу в политику. Но когда я узнала, что протестные движения свергли режим Мубарака была рада, как всякий простой человек.
По теории Шарпа – люди получают то, на что они согласны. Но даже при сильнейшем карательном и пропагандистском аппарате происходят перемены – власть не бывает без согласия членов общества!
Не знаю как где. Но известно, что во многих странах люди живут трудно. Даже в Арабских Эмиратах, наверное- не делали бы они простые унитазы для РБ- у меня в туалете унитаз с бачком Arabia. Недавно даже по телевизору и по радио прозвучало, как сказала мне одна пожилая женщина-инвалид: “Деньги никого не спасут. Никому не помогают. Билл Гейтс сделал шесть пересадок сердца и умер в сто два года”. Я ни сколько удивилась: уже много раз прошло в интернете опровержение по поводу смерти этого человека. Он живой. Хоть ранее…задохнулся в самолете – в феврале этого года – вместе со своим другом задохнулся при перелете…в Лепель. Это уже совсем поразительно! Знаю, что находился в это время в Африке.
Но вернемся к книге Шарпа. Яникогда представить не могла, что Эйнштейн жил в наши годы! ОБ этом не говорили в школе, мы представляли его чего-то современником чуть ли не Пифагора или Аристотеля. Альберт Эйнштейн открыл невидимую звезду Немезиду, существующую за нашим Солнцем. Конечно, этому предшествовали многие наблюдения, расчеты. Явно, не сразу признавалось существование колец у разных планет. Только недавно признано наличие “солнечного ветра”, эффекта Кювье. Вот так ранее было неизвестно, что, если хотят придать полномочия власти с религиозной точки зрения, то многие партии становятся христианскими. Вполне возможно даже возникновение демократического правительства, вдохновленного исламскими или каккими другими идеями. Изучение самой демократии – это не урок в школе. Одно слово “демократия” без уточнения ее формы может изменить мир в любую сторону. Джим Шарп предупреждал о наличии автократии. Может появиться и диктатура на аснове демократии.
” Я не политическая гадалка”, – сказал Джим Шарп. А я взяла книгу Клиффорда Саймака, который не имея ничего сказать о политике, только создавал свой фантастический мир для читателей и так сказал в книге “Почти как люди”:”Ликвидируйте большую часть мировой промышленности, закройте международные финансовые учреждения и с человечеством будет покончено. Приостановится торговля, приостановится обращение валюты, не будет кредита, и, содрогаясь в бессильных потугах, погибнет то, что мы зовем цивилизацией. Иногда бывает так в реальности”.
Что же за оружие “экономическое”? Уверена , мне ответили бы маршем пустых кастрюль. Но все же я писатель. Писала стихи, поэмы, песни. Пишу фэнтази. Теперь многие издательства платные. Я, как инвалид, даже в издательстве для инвалидов не смогла издать в Беларуси свою книгу – дорого. Спасибо, что есть интернет. Я могу участвовать в конкурсах. Таким только образом получить возможность бесплатного издания. Недавно я вошла в число авторов, чьи произведения стали лучшими на фестивале фантастики Аэлита-кон. Он длился год – приняты мои два рассказа.
Но как я понимаю людей , которых не признают. Эйнштейн, другие. У меня одна из самых моих великих тайн, которую можно назвать дискриминацией,это то, что журнал “В мире науки”, нужный мне для работы- я нашла его вместе с Фондом Стивена Кинга- в одной из книг в библиотеке. В 2013 году я подписалась на все ненужные никому номера журнала – там были такие. Уже с 2013 года жду свою подписку , хотя б наложенным платежом. Это стыдно мне сказать. И стыдно сказать, что тайну об Альберте Эйнштейне я узнала почти за два месяца до своего рождения – родилась я 28 августа 1963 года. И в августе…мне исполнится 54 года. Но главное, что все же узнала!
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Abeyot /Ethiopia Jun 23, 2017Jimmy Carter is a man who shows us really love and how do we love and live for others.

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Людмила Бородейко Jun 9, 2017У нас в деревне Заозерье живет человек по прозванию “Картер”, потому что всем помогает. Потому что честен. Даже афганцам бывшим помогает, чем может, что есть у него – он никогда никого не обманывает. Президент США Дж. Картер – его кумир. Картер тоже всегда говорил правду. И у нас, далеко на другом континенте мира, президента США Картера любят и уважают за его качества

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Brentski54 Jun 6, 2017I met Jimmy Carter back in Missouri in 1979. Full of charisma and energy – and to the horror of Secret Service agents – he jumped the barricade to shake hands with the common folk. Years later I would ponder WHY he was a much better ex-President than a President? Was it the timing of world events?…..the economy?……or was it that his passions and beliefs in life were more transferrable and achievable as a simple, yet dedicated and spiritual man?

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John Miller Jun 5, 2017i remember when jimmy carter said hello, im jimmy carter im president of the onited staes of america, and his photo hangs prodly on my wall with warren biffet and bill gates// and im john miller

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Lou Principe Jul 8, 2017What’s the rest of the story behind the picture?

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Floribert Kiebo Mwanza May 31, 2017Jimmy Carter in life,god news,good President.

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Sophy B Beyene May 30, 2017Thanks for the insight Bill \U0001f60a\U0001f60a\U0001f60a

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Christian Moses,Joshua house May 26, 2017Jimmy carters full life is great model to many of us,, this is true.
Jack of all trades master of many.His highest aspiration was to become a plow man in his father’s farm.
When he went to Begin’s cabin he gave his photographs with his personal inscription to all the eight grandchildren of Begins,and it also soakes our eyes.
Yes he is a perfect example to all of including his return to politics.
My father had also told me how he struggled even for one day meal,so he became like cater Jack of all trades,,,
My fathers aspirations like Jimmy carter was a appeal to his rich uncle to recommend him a job of “.Breaking coconuts for devotees and to earn Rs.3 a day ” a big amount to my father in those days in his that small age.But his brother refused to offer him that job ,my father said.
.Being a small boy of eight years my father wanted aspired from wood cutting (a bundle and Carray it to the nearby city )instead the job in the temple my father thought might give him more earning per day compared to wood cutting.
From wood cutting to leaves \U0001f343 merchants,,,and to soda manufacturers,and then,a electric wire man. and to a homeopathy practitioner,,this is the story our father.
Great men are alike.
We came to about our fathers real act of conversion his zeal for God in his gospel work,his social work in saving a malaria hit places ,all through his personal dairy recently we found.our father died as a good brothren Christian in year 2012 and buried in a Christian grave as per our father’s pre plan.God bless our father in heaven.God bless Jimmy carter.
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Navjot Sandhu May 24, 2017Those were tough times Carter went through. He is much stronger than this generation probably realizes. Congratulations to him on an outstanding efforts and achievements. That undercover operative is awesome.

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Avraam J. Dectis May 24, 2017.
Great President, unappreciated in office because he was too civilised and ethical, proven by time to have been the better man who should have won reelection.
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nAN May 23, 2017I did read this book and it is wonderful! He has done so much and its too bad our congress got rid of his energy plans he could see where it was heading. Our world wouldn’t be in this mess. Great book I’d recommend it to anyone

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Stefan May 22, 2017Thanks for this portrait of Jimmy Carter. I think he was one of the most.important US Presidents. He did not win any war if.not considering that wars are stupid. He was not.stupid. But a good man, who did everything to avoid war. And the US were full up of hope and hate was reduced.

SOURCE: https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/A-Full-Life

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