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Humanity

How Jimmy Carter Lost an Election and Transformed the Post-Presidency

by Jordan Michael Smith, read by Kevin Stillwell

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After living in the White House for four years, in November 1980, Jimmy Carter lost the presidential election to Republican Ronald Reagan in a landslide. Carter's unpopularity helped Republicans win seats in the House and gain control over the Senate for the first time in over 20 years. The Reagan Era had begun, ushering in a generation of conservative power. Democrats blamed Carter for this catastrophe and spent the next decade pretending he had never existed. Republicans cheered his demise and trotted out his name to scare voters for years to come. Carter and his wife Rosalynn returned to their farm in the small town of Plains, Georgia. They were humiliated, widely unpopular, and even in financial debt.

Thirty-five years later, Carter has become the most celebrated post-president in American history. He has won the Nobel Peace Prize, written best-selling books, and become lauded across the world for his efforts on behalf of peace and social justice. Ex-presidents now adopt the Carter model of leveraging their eminent status to benefit humanity. By pursuing diplomatic missions, leading missions to end poverty, and working to eradicate disease around the world, Carter has transformed the idea of what a president can accomplish after leaving the White House.

This is the story of how Jimmy Carter lost the biggest political prize on earth - but managed to win back something much greater.

Jordan Michael Smith is a contributing writer at Salon and the Christian Science Monitor. His writing has appeared in print or online for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Slate, BBC, and many other publications. Born in Toronto, he holds a Master's of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University. He lives in New York City. www.jordanmichaelsmith.typepad.com.

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Jordan Michael Smith is a writer living in Washington, D.C. He has written and blogged for numerous print and online publications, including the Huffington Post, the New Republic, the American Prospect, the American Conservative, In These Times and the Columbia Journalism Review. Born in Toronto, Canada, he holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from the University of Western Ontario.

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Kevin Stillwell is an actor that has voiced a number of audiobooks, including" Careless Love", " Last Train to Memphis", " The First Assassin", " The Millionaire Affair", and others. His film and television credits include "Looper" and "Drop Dead Diva".

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