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Book review: 'White House Diary' by Jimmy Carter
Book review: 'White House Diary' by Jimmy Carter

Presidents Jimmy Carter and Herbert Hoover might be bracketed together for a number of reasons. Both were engineers by training, shared an almost theological faith in the chimera of governmental efficiency, believed effective management grew from close attention to detail and were powerfully influenced by their religious upbringings — in Carter's case that meant the Baptist Church, in Hoover's Quakerism. Most important, both left office as wretchedly unpopular, one-term chief executives, but then went on to become widely admired (and generally admirable) ex-presidents. Both also turned out to be genuinely interesting writers: Hoover and his wife translated a Renaissance...

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