by Jonathan Alter

From one of Americas most-respected journalists and modern historians comes the first full-length biography of Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth president of the United States and Nobel Prize–winning humanitarian.

Jonathan Alter tells the epic story of an enigmatic man of faith and his improbable journey from barefoot boy to global icon. Alter paints an intimate and surprising portrait of the only president since Thomas Jefferson who can fairly be called a Renaissance Man, a complex figure—ridiculed and later revered—with a piercing intelligence, prickly intensity, and biting wit beneath the patented smile. Here is a moral exemplar for our times, a flawed but underrated president of decency and vision who was committed to telling the truth to the American people.

Interview with the Author

Commonwealth Club of California
His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life
2/10/21        76 min

The Book Show
#1681: Jonathan Alter “His Very Best” | The Book Show
10/6/20        28 min

Words Matter
His Very Best with Jonathan Alter
11/16/20       41 min

Axelbank Reports History and Today
#25: Jonathan Alter – “His Very Best”
12/1/20       68 min

Speaking of Writers
His Very Best Jimmy Carter, A Life by Jonathan Alter
10/27/20        19 min

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