Book buyers get gift from Jimmy Carter

Posted October 19, 2010 5:25 p.m. EDT

— Former president Jimmy Carter had to cancel a planned book signing in Duham, but he will provide all those who pre-purchased copies of his new book, “White House Diary,” with autographed book plates, the store owner said Tuesday.

John Valentine said about 1,000 people bought the book in advance of Carter's scheduled visit to The Regulator Bookshop Sept. 28.

Carter came down with a stomach ailment that changed his travel schedule.

The Carter Foundation sent 1,000 beige cards with his signature to The Regulator for those readers.

"White House Diary" is a compilation of Carter's thoughts and observations while in office. He wrote that he decided to publish the diary because it “may be my last chance to offer an assessment of my time in the White House.”

In the book, Carter wrote that he pursued an overly aggressive agenda as president that may have confused voters and alienated lawmakers. But he said the tipping points that cost him the 1980 election were the Iran hostage crisis and the Democratic primary challenge by U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy.

A former peanut farmer elected to the White House in 1976, Carter has spent his recent years pursuing peace and human rights, efforts that won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

Carter was last in the Triangle two years ago promoting his book, "A Remarkable Mother," a tribute to his late mother, whom he credits for inspiring him to work as a humanitarian and peace activist after his presidency.