John A. Farrell is the author of several biographies on U.S. figures, including Richard Nixon: The Life, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2018. His most recent work is Ted Kennedy: A Life, a portrait of the late Massachusetts senator and 1980 presidential candidate.
Farrell is a former White House correspondent and Washington editor for The Boston Globe and a former Washington bureau chief and columnist for The Denver Post. For his biography of Nixon, he was awarded the title of "American Historian Laureate" by the New York Historical Society.
Often thought to have been a weak President, Carter was strong-willed in doing what he thought was right, regardless of expediency or political fallout.
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Here is probably the most wide-ranging look at Presidential misbehavior ever published in a magazine.
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