Rudy, This Book's for You

Carter's chief of staff tells how cancer humbled his soul and his politics

I turned on Imus in the Morning last Wednesday to find two middle-aged men on the verge of tears. Hamilton Jordan, the wunderkind behind the Carter presidency and the youngest chief of staff in history, was in the studio to promote No Such Thing As a Bad Day (Longstreet Press; $22). It's a book about his glory days in the White House and his inglorious ones, including the time he was falsely accused of snorting cocaine at Studio 54 and insulting the wife of the Egyptian ambassador by admiring her pyramids. But it is mostly a book about being struck by...

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