People: Apr. 14, 2003


At the age of 79, former President JIMMY CARTER has just finished his first novel (and 17th book), The Hornet's Nest, set during the Revolutionary War. It will be published this fall.

What's the book about?

I think the overall theme is the ordeal of the Americans in deciding to abandon their sworn loyalty to the King--why people would actually rise up against the King and risk their lives for freedom.

Is having been President an advantage for a novelist?

Yes, I think so. The interrelationships between the Parliament and London and King George III and the...

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