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James Earl Carter, Jr., 1924.  39th President of the United States, 1977-1981.  Very fine condition hardbound Presidential Edition of Carter's autobiography Why Not the Best?, signed J Carter on the front free endpaper.

Carter, a former Georgia governor, was little known outside his home state when he began his campaign for the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination.  He wrote Why Not the Best? in 1975 as one way to introduce himself and his views to the country.  In it, he asks two fundamental questions:  "Can our government be honest, decent, open, fair, and compassionate?" and "Can our government be competent?"

This Presidential Edition of Why Not the Best? was published in 1977 after Carter entered the White House.  The book has a green, leatherlike cover lettered in gilt and emblazoned with the presidential seal and Carter's facsimile signature.  The title page also bears both the presidential seal and Carter's facsimile signature.  The back cover has a blind embossed image of the dome of the United States capitol.

The book is in excellent condition.  A few of the pages have some fingerprint soiling, and there is a small but hardly noticeable nick in the bottom edge of the front cover.  Carter has signed the front free endpaper in black.  The signature is in extra fine condition.



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