Jimmy Carter is in a class by himself. We’ve always known this, but White House Diary spells it out for us all over again on an almost daily basis during his presidency, which ran from 1977 to 1981. Amusingly enough, Carter says he started keeping a diary in the first place because of an exchange he and his wife, Rosalynn, had with then-President Nixon in 1971. He asked Rosalynn if she kept a diary, and she replied that she didn’t. Nixon said, “You’ll be sorry!” Because it was their first exchange with a president, it made a lasting impression on both of them, and what a happy thing for us. What we’re left with is something like a steady stream of a presidency, sometimes joyful, sometimes deeply anguished, always honest. Even the catty moments (there are several) are left intact, which is wonderful because it helps us to remember that presidents are multi-faceted individuals. They are real. They feel the sting when people slight them, they get excited as do we all. They struggle as we do, though on a much more daunting scale. President Carter is a fine and unflinchingly truthful writer. White House Diary is an important, enlightening book by one of the most extraordinary men of our time. – Farrar Straus Giroux, $30
We are honored that we get to spend a bit of time in his presence on October 28th (12 p.m. – 2 p.m.) in celebration of the release of White House Diary. We hope to see you there.
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A ticket is required for this book-signing event. Customers who purchase a copy of White House Diary from The King’s English Bookshop will receive one signing-line ticket. To allow President Carter time to greet each of you, he will sign only (no personalizations). Sorry, no posed photography allowed. President Carter may well arrive early and the signing-line is expected to move quickly. Please arrive at least one hour prior to start time.
Photograph: Sara Saunders