Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter: Peace and Human Rights
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In this dual biography, historian E. Stanly Godbold Jr. gives a comprehensive account of the professional and personal lives of the powerful couple who have worked together as reformers in Georgia, President and First Lady of the United States, and founders of the Carter Center. The book incorporates material from declassified CIA documents and extensive research in the Carter, Ford, Reagan, Kennedy, and Bush Presidential Libraries. It’s a dramatic story of how a powerful couple’s intelligence, perseverance, courage, and faith created a Presidency and post-Presidential institution that is a model for successive generations. Their post-Presidential work has been unprecedented on the international stage with Habitat for Humanity and especially their establishment of the Carter Center to “wage peace, fight disease, build hope.” Carter, after reaching the zenith of his career in negotiating the Camp David Accords of 1978, continued for decades to work for peace in the Middle East. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, a prize that he quickly said equally belonged to Rosalynn and to the Carter Center.
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