Hard Work, But It's Worth It

The Life of Jimmy Carter

Bethany Hegedus
Kyung Eun Han

Even before Jimmy Carter became president, he knew the value of hard work. Living on his family’s peanut farm, Jimmy saw how hard work yielded strong results. At least it did for some people. But growing up in the segregated South, Jimmy also saw firsthand how white people and black people were not treated equally. None of it was right. None of it was fair. So Jimmy created a list of Good Mental Habits to help him navigate life’s challenges. The list guided his thoughts and actions and helped him fight for change, whether working with civil rights leaders to end racial discrimination in his home state of Georgia, helping to negotiate peace in the Middle East, or building homes for the poor through Habitat for Humanity. From the statehouse to the White House and beyond, Jimmy has worked to make change for all people, devoting decades to public service and becoming one of the most respected humanitarians of our time. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.

“Grit and social conscience inform every page of Hegedus’s sensitive, uplifting biography.”—Publishers Weekly

“An affectionate, admiring tribute to our 39th president.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Doesn't shy away from Carter's failings… But it ends with his triumphant return to prominence as a humanitarian, depicting a man always true to himself.”—New York Times Book Review

“Inspirational in every way, this selection is first-rate.”—Books to Borrow ... Books to Buy column