Unlike so many autobiographies written with a legacy in mind, former President Jimmy Carter’s White House Diaries relies almost exclusively on source material. In this case, the primary source is the diaries Carter kept during his presidency. In the introduction, he claims that he never intended for them to be published and often dictated his thoughts into a recorder many times during the day—meaning that these musings are raw and honest. Carter proves he’s an intellectual person with big ambitions for his time in office but also reveals a few weaknesses, including his obsessive focus on Ted Kennedy or his disgust with the American Jewish community.
Carter’s presidency has a new significance considering its many parallels with President Barack Obama’. Carter points that out in the afterword and will surely expand upon it during his reading at The King’s English.
President Jimmy Carter: White House Diaries @ The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, 801-484-9100, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets available with purchase of White House Diaries ($30) through The King’s English. KingsEnglish.com