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Powell's Books Presents Kai Bird in Conversation With T. J. Stiles
The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter (Crown) is an essential reevaluation of the complex triumphs and tragedies of Jimmy Carter’s presidential legacy — from the expert biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Prometheus. Four decades after Ronald Reagan’s landslide win in 1980, Jimmy Carter’s one-term presidency is often labeled a failure; indeed, many Americans view Carter as the only ex-president to have used the White House as a stepping-stone to greater achievements. But in retrospect the Carter political odyssey is a rich and human story, marked by both formidable accomplishments and painful political adversity. Forty years before today’s broad public reckoning with the vast gulf between America’s creed and its actions, Carter looked out over a nation torn by race, crippled by stagflation, and demoralized by both Watergate and Vietnam and prescribed a radical self-examination from which voters ultimately recoiled. The cost of Carter’s unshakeable belief in doing the right thing would be a second term — and the ascendance of Reagan. Drawing on interviews with members of Carter’s administration as well as recently unclassified documents from his presidential library, Bird delivers a profoundly thorough, clear-eyed evaluation of a president whose legacy has been debated, dismissed, and misunderstood. The Outlier is this generation’s definitive account of an enigmatic presidency — both as it really happened and as it is remembered in the American consciousness. Bird will be joined in conversation by T. J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America and The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.

Jun 23, 2021 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Kai Bird
Kai Bird is a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and journalist. He is the acclaimed author of biographies of John J. McCloy and of McGeorge and William Bundy. He won the Pulitzer Prize for biography for American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (co-authored with Martin J. Sherwin). His work includes critical writings on the Vietnam War, Hiroshima, nuclear weapons, the Cold War, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the CIA.
T. J. Stiles
T. J. Stiles received the Pulitzer Prize for History for Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and National Book Award for Nonfiction for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. His first biography, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War, won the Ambassador Book Award. He is currently writing a biography of Theodore Roosevelt.