Jimmy Carter as Peacemaker: A Post-Presidential Biography

Jimmy Carter as Peacemaker: A Post-Presidential Biography

Jimmy Carter as Peacemaker: A Post-Presidential Biography

Jimmy Carter as Peacemaker: A Post-Presidential Biography

Synopsis

Examines the post-presidency of Jimmy Carter, arguing that through active involvement in world affairs and humanitarian causes, Carter has redefined the role of former presidents.

Excerpt

This book project began several years ago when I presented a short paper entitled Jimmy Carter: Ex-President and Peacemaker to the Peace and Conflict Commission of the Speech Communication Association of America. As I prepared that paper, I came to admire and respect the work President Carter has done and the accomplishments he has achieved since leaving office. From that beginning, the more I read, and the more information I gathered, the more I became convinced that there was a unique quality to the role that President Carter had created for his post-presidency. As a country, we have never been quite sure what to expect from a former president. Post-presidencies have taken a number of different directions, usually based on the characters, personalities, and circumstances of the individuals, since there is no formally defined or established role prescribed for these individuals. In the case of the post- presidency of Jimmy Carter, I have found that his character, personality, and circumstances have combined to produce a significant force for peacemaking. There is truly no higher calling for a person, or a president, to pursue than to seek to further the cause of peace.

For the last fifteen years, President Carter has accepted the challenge of making peace and has demonstrated through his activities that a former president can make significant contributions to resolving armed conflicts and to building the foundations necessary for people to live in peace. This book tells the story of Jimmy Carter's post-presidency, chronicles his peacemaking activities, and highlights the accomplishments he has achieved.

While the writing of a book is in many ways a solitary endeavor, the process of taking an idea from inspiration to completion is a collaborative enterprise. When friends and colleagues would ask what I was working on over the last several years, I would explain that I was writing a book on the post-presidency of Jimmy Carter. While there were a number of different reactions to the project, most people encouraged me to pursue it and commented something to . . .

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