Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety

Skills. Jimmy Carter’s latest memoir, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, provided exactly what I expected and a bonus. The former president sweeps through recollections about his life from childhood to the present, using anecdotes about things big and small in his ninety-year lifetime. He writes in a conversational style that makes his points clearly, without a lot of fuss. Whether you agree or disagree about things from his political life, his writing makes his views and personality vivid. The bonus for me was an insight about his many different skills. In every chapter, there’s an example or two about Carter doing something by himself. Sometimes, it’s making furniture for his family or friends. Other times, it’s learning about running a farm including repairing equipment or his making a personal plea to a world leader. It made me wonder whether one of the shortcomings of his presidency was a tendency to do things himself rather than rely on others. Rating: Three-star (It’s ok) Click here to purchase A Full Life from amazon.com.

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