• An Hour Before Daylight

  • Memories of a Rural Boyhood
  • By: Jimmy Carter
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Carter
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-05-01
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (104 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The former president and best selling author of Sources of Strength and The Virtues of Aging writes about the powerful rhythms of countryside and community in a sharecropping economy of Depression-era Georgia. He renders an unforgettable portrait of his father, a brilliant farmer and strict segregationist who treated black workers with his own brand of "separate" respect and fairness, and his strong-willed and well-read mother, a nurse who cared for all in need - regardless of their position in the community. Carter describes the other people who shaped his early life (only two of whom were white), including the boyhood friends who could not attend the same school, and the eminent black bishop who refused to come to the back door but would stand in the front yard discussing crops and politics with Jimmy's father.
Carter evokes a time when the cycles of life were predictable and simple while the rules were heartbreaking and complex. An Hour Before Daylight is a sensitive portrait of an era that shaped the nation.
©2001 Jimmy Carter, All Rights Reserved (P)2001 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved
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5 out of 5 stars
By Samantha on 07-05-03

A rare view of rural America

Biography is not my usual choice, but this one is very engaging. Through close examination of his childhood, Jimmy Carter offers rare insight into the social relationships in a poor, southern farming community of the early 20th century. His deliberate and colorful narration paints a beautiful portrait of a uniquely American way of life. He presents thought provoking observations of the relationships between black and white Americans with open honesty. This book has substance and exciting imagery. Jimmy reads with a steady, strolling pace and deep sincerity that is quite a treat.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Leslie Grey McCawley on 08-21-06

Captures an era now all but gone

As a student of the American South I found this book wonderful. Just listening to Mr Carter's gentle narration makes me feel that if there are really people like him then all will be right with the world someday. To also hear what, as a little boy, influenced his ideals, beliefs, and formation of character gave me insight into the man I admire, and the Southern culture in another time. He writes so well, sharing small moments and large, and many of his descriptions of working and playing barefooted on the farm with his friends have stayed with me warmly and richly. This memoir captures an era that is gone, and a generation that is nearly gone. It is a sweet and dear book and very worthwhile.

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