Grammy Award, Best Spoken Word Album, 2016
Jimmy Carter, 39th president, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts.
At 90, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life with a frankness that is disarming. He adds detail and emotion about his youth in rural Georgia that he described in his magnificent An Hour Before Daylight. He discusses racism and the isolation of the Carters. He describes the brutality of the hazing regimen at Annapolis, how he nearly lost his life twice serving on submarines, and his amazing interview with Admiral Rickover. He describes the profound influence his mother had on him and how he admired his father even though he didn't emulate him. He admits that he decided to quit the navy and later enter politics without consulting his wife, Rosalynn, and how appalled he is in retrospect.
In A Full Life, Carter tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his reelection but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world.
This is a wise and moving look back from this remarkable man. Jimmy Carter has lived one of our great American lives - from rural obscurity to world fame, universal respect, and contentment. A Full Life is an extraordinary listen.
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Initially good, but southern charm wears off
This book reminds me of what I tell my supervisor . . . that, "a series of anecdotes does not a good manager make." Except, in this case, it's "a good story make." The voice can get hard to follow at times, and the poetry readings reminded me of (was it?) Cheech and Chong saying, "Wrote a story 'bout it. Wanna hear it? Here'it go!". Not a lot of meat in this writing . . . more like listening to an old southern gent reminisce on his life before the rest home. Only, he was the president. More of the dirty details (besides those that emphasized how the world was out to get him despite his universal fairness) would have been nice.
Personal, but sometimes not so audible.
No. I'd hoped it would, as I heard Carter had had a hard life and been an overcomer, but it was nothing my sharecropping greatgrandparents hadn't gone through, well, except they were black and didn't have a way to "hard work" themselves out of racism.
A truly great southern American
- John Perry Mayhew