Magazine May 14, 2018, Issue

Carter from the Inside

President Jimmy Carter (right) with Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, March 1978 (Chuck Fishman/Getty Images)
President Carter: The White House Years, by Stuart E. Eizenstat (Thomas Dunne, 1,024 pp., $40)

The reputation of Jimmy Carter is an odd thing. Conservatives tend to view him as a left-wing flake. While he was president, the Left tended to despise him as a conservative. Arthur Schlesinger Jr. often said that Carter was the most conservative Democratic president since Grover Cleveland. He did not mean that as a compliment. In 1980, Senator Ted Kennedy challenged President Carter for the Democratic nomination — from the left, of course. The big issue was national health care. It was Kennedy’s dream; Carter balked.

Carter was president for four years. He has been an ex-president for 37 years, and

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Yuval Levin reviews Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy, by Jonah Goldberg.




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