A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. When Americans elected Jimmy Carter in 1976, they seem to have wanted an ideal more than a man. The tragedies surrounding Vietnam and the scandal of Watergate, culminating in Richard Nixon's resignation, had left the public bruised and disillusioned. They wanted someone they could believe in, someone like themselves, or at least like they wanted to be. They believed they found that man in Carter. However, they soon learned that, while they had voted for an ideal, they had gotten a man, with all the virtues and faults, loves and hates, of any other human being, and by the end of his presidency, many had turned on him with the viciousness of disappointed children lashing out at a flawed parent.
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