Each day during his presidency, Jimmy Carter made several entries in a private diary, recording his thoughts, impressions, delights, and frustrations. He offered assessments of cabinet members, Congressmen, and foreign leaders, plus narrated the progress of secret negotiations. When his four-year term came to an end in early 1981, the diary amounted to more than 5,000 pages. By selecting some entries, Carter provides an intimate view of his presidency. Readers will also get Carter's retrospective comments on these topics - thirty years after the fact, he has annotated his diary with his reflections on the people and events that shaped his presidency.