Former US President Jimmy Carter, who recently celebrated his 85th birthday, will be signing copies of If I Had A Hammer:
- 10/15/09 5:00 PM at the Carter Presidential Library – Freedom Parkway. Atlanta, GA.
Details on the event from Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
President Jimmy Carter “If I Had A Hammer: Building Homes and Hope with Habitat for Humanity”
Lecture & Book Signing
Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 5:00pm
Carter Presidential Library Theater
Free and Open to the Public
If I Had A Hammer:…
President Carter wrote the foreward to the book, giving personal anecdotes from his years of building with Habitat. The book’s author, David Rubel, will also be at the book signing.
If I Had A Hammer is an inspiring book for young readers telling the story of how, for a quarter-century in over ninety countries, Habitat for Humanity has built homes with and for the people who need them, aided by more than a million multi-generational volunteers.
Copies of If I Had a Hammer, along with books President Carter has written, will be available for purchase at the booksigning. President Carter will only be signing If I Had A Hammer and BOOKS he has written. For information call 404-865-7109.
President Jimmy Carter’s compelling anecdotes inspire a personal look at Habitat for Humanity that is sure to fire up a younger generation.
Somewhere in West Virginia, a thirteen-year-old girl now invites friends home without embarrassment. In a Brazilian village, children no longer sleep beneath a table when the heavy rains come. For a quarter-century in over ninety countries, Habitat for Humanity has built homes with and for the people who need them, aided by more than a million multigenerational volunteers.
Two of the most devoted are former president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn — and now this captivating account, abundantly illustrated with photos, relays their favorite stories with special resonance for young readers. Exploring everything from creative home design (like using window bars in India to keep out monkeys) to the emotional rewards of helping to build a house from the ground up, this is an essential resource for inspiring future youth volunteers.
About President Jimmy Carter
James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924) served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981 and was the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, the only U.S. President to have received the Prize after leaving office. Prior to becoming president, Carter served two terms in the Georgia Senate followed by the governorship of the state of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975, and was a peanut farmer and naval officer.
As president, Carter created two new cabinet-level departments: the Department of Energy and the Department of Education. He established a national energy policy that included conservation, price control, and new technology. In foreign affairs, Carter pursued the Camp David Accords, the Panama Canal Treaties and the second round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT II). Carter sought to put a stronger emphasis on human rights; he negotiated a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979.
His return of the Panama Canal Zone to Panama was seen as a major concession of US influence in Latin America, and Carter came under heavy criticism for it. His term came during a period of persistent stagflation in a number of countries, including the United States, which significantly damaged his popularity. The final year of his presidential tenure was marked by several major crises, including the 1979 takeover of the American embassy in Iran and holding of hostages by Iranian students, an unsuccessful rescue attempt of the hostages, serious fuel shortages, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. By 1980, Carter’s disapproval ratings were significantly higher than his approval, and he was challenged by Ted Kennedy for the Democratic Party nomination in the 1980 election. Carter defeated Kennedy for the nomination, but lost the election to Republican Ronald Reagan.
After leaving office, Carter and his wife Rosalynn founded The Carter Center in 1982, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization that works to advance human rights. He has traveled extensively to conduct peace negotiations, observe elections, and advance disease prevention and eradication in developing nations. Carter is a key figure in the Habitat for Humanity project, and also remains particularly vocal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.