Why Not the Best?: the First 50 Years (p)

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University of Arkansas Press, 1975 - Governors - 189 pages
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This campaign autobiography was begun in late 1974 when Georgia governor Jimmy Carter's presidential ambitions were being undervalued by the national media. It was received by the public as a welcome affirmation of one candidate's bedrock faith in old-fashioned public service based on duty, honor, competence, and honesty. With almost one million copies sold, it would help to propel him into the White House. In compelling yet humble language, Carter details his personal history to that point of his life: his idyllic childhood in remote Plains, his hazing incident at Annapolis for refusing to sing "Marching through Georgia," his near-death experience aboard a Pacific-fleet submarine, his strong Christian underpinnings, the compassionate humor of his mother, Miss Lillian, and the stern taskmaster ethics of his father, Mr. Earl. In short, this is the story of one righteous Southerner's coming of age, a Main Street memoir anchored by no-nonsense style and homespun storytelling.
 

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Two Questions
1
Farm
5
Archery
29
Military
37
Why Not the Best?
53
Back Home Again
59
First Politics
75
State Senate
87
Governor
105
Start From Zero
111
Government and the Outdoors
117
Our International Neighbors
123
The Person in Front of You
129
Presidential Plans
137
Those Two Questions Again
147
Epilogue
159

Running for Governor
95

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