THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: A Man Among Old Friends

THE PRESIDENCY/HUGH SIDEY

A while back New York Congressman Jonathan Bingham slipped Jimmy Carter a 414-page book, saying that he wanted Carter to have it even though he knew he was too busy to read it right away. The book, Courage to Change: An Introduction to the Life and Thought of Reinhold Niebuhr, was by Bingham's wife June. Carter fixed his determined gaze on Bingham and replied, "I shall read it within the month."

Within the month Carter ran into the Binghams in Washington and reported: "I have only three chapters to go and I have been underlining." Now he is finished.

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