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Bibliography of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter and the Carter Administration

This selected bibliography is prepared by the staff of the Jimmy Carter Library and is not meant to be exhaustive. It includes only book material; articles, pamphlets and the like are excluded. It focuses on historical treatments and only those whose focus is either Jimmy and/or Rosalynn Carter and the Carter Presidency; broad works about the times are excluded. Much of the information about these works comes from those who have done research at the Library.

  • Abernathy, M. Glenn, ed. The Carter Years: The President and Policy Making. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1984.
  • Addresses of Jimmy Carter, Governor of Georgia: 1971-1975. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Archives and History, 1975.
  • Albright, Madeleine. Madam Secretary: A Memoir, 2005.
  • Auten, Brian. Carter’s Conversion: The Hardening of American Defense Policy. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2008.
  • Bamford, James. Body of Secrets. New York: Doubleday, 2001.
  • Beckwith, Charlie A., and Knox, Donald. Delta Force. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983.
  • Bell, Griffin. Taking care of the Law. New York: Morrow, 1986.
  • Biven, W. Carl. Jimmy Carter’s Economy: Policy in an Age of Limits. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
  • Bourne, Peter. Jimmy Carter: A Comprehensive Biography from Plains to Post-Presidency. New York: Scribner, 1997.
  • Bowden, Mark. Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in American’s War with Militant Islam. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006.
  • Brinkley, Douglas. The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Journey Beyond the White House. New York: Viking Press, 1998.
  • Brown, Harold. Thinking about National Security. Boulder, CO.: Westview Press; distributed to the trade by Hearst Books, New York, 1983.
  • Brzezinski, Zbigniew. Power and Principle. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1983.
  • Caldwell, Dan. The Dynamics of Domestic Politics and Arms Control: the SALT II treaty Ratification Debate. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1991.
  • Califano, Joseph. Governing America. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981.
  • Campagna, Anthony. Economic Policy in the Carter Administration. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995
  • Christopher, Warren. American Hostages in Iran: The Conduct of a Crisis. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.
  • Clifford, Clark M. Counsel to the President: A Memoir. New York: Random House, 1991.
  • Clymer, Adam. Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch: The Panama Canal Treaties and the Rise of the Right. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, (release in March 2008).
  • Coll, Stephen. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden: From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. New York: Penquin Press, 2004.
  • Conniff, Michael L. Panama and the United States: The Forced Alliance. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001.
  • Craven, John Pina. The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.
  • Creekmore, Marion V. Moment of Crisis: Jimmy Carter, the Power of a Peacemaker, and North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions. New York: Public Affairs, 2006.
  • Drew, Christopher and Sontag, Sherry. Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of Cold War Submarine Espionage. London: Hutchinson, 1998.
  • Dumbrell, John. The Carter Presidency: A Re-Evaluation. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 1993.
  • Farber, David R. Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and America’s First Encounter with Radical Islam. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.
  • Fink, Gary. Prelude to the Presidency: The Political Character and Legislative Leadership Style of Governor Jimmy Carter. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1980.
  • Ford, Gerald R. A Time to Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford. New York: Harper & Row, 1979.
  • Gaillard, Frye. Prophet from Plains: Jimmy Carter and His Legacy. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007.
  • Gardner, Richard. Mission to Italy: On the Front Lines of the Cold War. Lanham: Rowan & Littlefield, 2005.
  • Gibbs, Nancy. The Preacher and the President: Billy Graham in the White House. New York: Center Street, 2007.
  • Glad, Betty. Jimmy Carter, in Search of the Great White House. New York: W. W. Norton, 1980.
  • Glad, Betty. An Outsider in the White House: Jimmy Carter, His Advisors and the Making of America Foreign Policy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.
  • Godbold, E. Stanly. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter: The Georgia Years, 1924-1974. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Graham, Hugh Davis and Fink, Gary, eds. The Carter Presidency: Policy Choices in the Post-New Deal Era, University Press of Kansas, 1998.
  • Hargrove, Erwin C. Jimmy Carter as President: Leadership and Politics of the Public Good. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1988.
  • Harris, David. The Crisis: The President, the Prophet and the Shah: 1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam. New York: Little Brown, 2004.
  • Horowitz, Daniel. Jimmy Carter and the Energy Crisis of the 1970’s, the “Crisis of Conference” Speech July 15, 1979: A Brief History with Documents. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2005.
  • Houghton, David Patrick. U.S. Foreign Policy and the Iran Hostage Crisis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001
  • Hoyt, Mary Finch. East Wing: Politics, the Press and a First Lady: A Memoir. Philadelphia: Xeibris Corp., 2001.
  • Jones, Charles O. The Trusteeship Presidency: Jimmy Carter and the United States Congress. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1988.
  • Jordan, Hamilton. Crisis: The Last Year of the Carter Presidency. New York: Putnam, 1982.
  • Jordan, William J. Panama Odyssey. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1984.
  • Kaufman, Burton I. The Carter Years (Presidential Profiles). New York: Facts on File, 2006.
  • Kaufman, Scott. Rosalynn Carter: Equal Partner in the White House. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2007.
  • Kinzer, Stephen. All the Shah’s Men: American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror. Hoboken, N. J.: J. Wiley & Sons, 2003.
  • Lance, Bert. The Truth of the Matter: My Life In and Out of Politics. New York: Summit Books, 1991.
  • Levine, Robert M. Secret Missions to Cuba: Fidel Castro, Bernardo Benes and Cuban Miami. New York: Palgrave, 2001.
  • Maddox, Robert L. Preacher at the White House. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1984.
  • Mattson, Kevin. “What the heck are you up to Mr. President?” Jimmy Carter, American’s ‘Malaise’ and the Speech That Should Have Changed the Country. New York: Bloomsburg, 2010.
  • McLellan, David S. Cyrus Vance. Totowa, NJ: Rowman & Allanheld, 1985.
  • Michael, Deanna. Jimmy Carter as Educational Policymaker: Equal Opportunity and Efficiency. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2008.
  • Milani, Abbas. The Shah. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
  • Moffett, George D. The Limits of Victory: Ratification of the Panama Canal Treaties. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1983.
  • Mondale, Walter. The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics. New York: Scribner, 2010.
  • Morris, Kenneth E. Jimmy Carter: American Moralist. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1996.
  • Moynihan, Daniel Patrick. Secrecy; The American Experience. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998.
  • Neuringer, Sheldon. The Carter Administration, Human Rights and the Agony of Cambodia. Lewiston, New York: E. Mellon Press, 1993.
  • Oberdorfer, Don. The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1997.
  • Odom. William. Fixing Intelligence: For a More Secure America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.
  • _____. October Surprise: America’s Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan. New York: Times Books/Random House, 1991.
  • Pastor, Robert A. Condemned to Repetition: The United States and Nicaragua. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1987.
  • Pollack, Kenneth. The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict between Iran and American. New York: Random House, 2004.
  • Powell, Jody. The Other Side of the Story. New York: W. Morrow, 1984.
  • Public Papers of the Presidents: Jimmy Carter, 1977-1981. Washington, D.C.: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1978-82.
  • Quandt, William B. Camp David: Peacemaking and Politics. Washington: Brookings Institution, 1986.
  • Rosati, Jerel A. The Carter Administration’s Quest for Global Community: Beliefs and Their Impact on Behavior. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1987.
  • Rosenbaum, Herbert and Alexej Ugrinsky.
    • v. 1 Jimmy Carter: Foreign Policy and Post Presidential Years. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.
    • v. 2 The Presidency and Domestic Policies of Jimmy Carter. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.

  • Rozell, Mark J. The Press and the Carter Presidency. Boulder, Co: Westview Press, 1989.
  • Sanchez, Peter Michael. Panama Lost?: U. S.Hegemony. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007.
  • Shogan, Robert. Promises to Keep: Carter’s First Hundred Days. New York: Crowell, 1977.
  • Sick, Gary. All Fall Down: America’s Tragic Encounter with Iran. New York: Random House, 1985.
  • Smith, Gaddis. Morality, Reason and Power: American Diplomacy in the Carter Years. New York: Hill and Wang, 1986.
  • Speer, Joanna. Carter and Arms Sales: Implementing the Carter Administration’s Arms Transfer Restraint Policy. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.
  • Spencer, Donald S. The Carter Implosion: Jimmy Carter and the Amateur Style of Diplomacy. New York: Praeger, 1988.
  • Stanley, Timothy. Kennedy vs. Carter: The 1980 Battle for the Democratic Party’s Soul. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2010.
  • _____. Secrecy and Democracy: the CIA in Transition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
  • Talbot, Strobe. Endgame. New York: Harper & Row, 1979.
  • Thompson, Kenneth W., ed., The Carter Presidency: Fourteen Intimate Perspectives of Jimmy Carter. Lanham: University Press of America, 1990.
  • Thornton, Richard C. The Carter Years: Toward a New Global Order. New York: Paragon House, 1991.
  • Troester, Rod. Jimmy Carter as Peacemaker: A Post-Presidential Biography. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1996.
  • Turner, Stansfield. Burn Before Reading: Presidents, CIA Directors and Secret Intelligence. New York: Hyperion, 2006.
  • Turner, Stansfield. Secrecy and Diplomacy: The CIA in Transition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
  • Tyler, Patrick. A Great Wall: six presidents and China: an investigative history. New York: Century Foundation Book, 1999.
  • _____. Terrorism and Democracy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991.
  • _____. The Presidency of James Earl Carter, Jr. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1993.
  • _____. The Presidency of James Earl Carter, Jr. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2d ed., rev, 2006.
  • Vance, Cyrus. Hard Choices: Four Critical Years in Managing America’s Foreign Policy. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1983.
  • White, Theodore H. America in Search of Itself: The Making of the President, 1956-1980. New York: Harper & Row, 1982.
  • Wickham, John A. Korea on the Brink: from the “12/12 incident” to the Kwangju Uprising, 1979-1980. Washington, D.C.: National Defense University Press, 1999.
  • Wright, Robert. Our Man in Tehran: the true story behind the secret mission to save six Americans during the Iran Hostage Crisis and the foreign ambassador who worked with the CIA to bring them home, 2011.
  • Young, Andrew. A Way Out of No Way. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1994.
  • Zelizer, Julian. Jimmy Carter: The American Presidents Series: The 39th President, 1977-81. New York: Time Books, 2010.
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