In 1982, the Carters, in partnership with Emory University, founded the Carter Center, which works toward furthering peace, promoting democracy and freedom, and improving health care for people worldwide.
With programs in 73 countries, the center keeps Carter in the public consciousness, though he says he tries to stay out of the public eye most of the time.
Of course he does have to make a living — he doesn't get a salary from the Carter Center — and writing books is one way to do that. Publicity is part and parcel with publishing a book, and Carter says he looks forward to visiting cities, including Salt Lake, while promoting his books.
And "White House Diary" is a book Carter is proud to promote.
Only 20 percent of Carter's 5,000-page White House diary — daily notes and dictations transcribed by one of his secretaries — is included in his new publication. But the former president plans to make the entire diary, with all of its typographical errors, available to scholars in the presidential library in about a year.
To make "White House Diary" a manageable read, Carter chose what he thought were the most "interesting and titillating" excerpts. He started working on the book about two years ago and reread it cover to cover, marking sections he felt were pertinent. For further clarification, he added explanations where warranted.
Because "White House Diary" is in fact a diary, Carter felt it was imperative to not change any of the entries.
"I was very careful not to change any meaning of any sentence in the book," he said. "So it's just like I wrote it 30, 31 years ago."
"There are some things I wish I could have rewritten. But I was determined not to do so. I think that it was best is for me to write it the way I did and (record) how I felt 30 years ago rather than what I think now."
"I'm not trying to rationalize or make excuses," Carter said, "just explain accurately what happened."
If you go …
Who: Jimmy Carter
What: Book signing
When: Thursday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. (this is a time change), line begins forming at 10:30 a.m.
Where: The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East
A ticket is required for this book-signing event. Customers who purchase a copy of "White House Diary" from The King's English Bookshop will receive one signing-line ticket.
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