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Jonathan Alter has written three New York Times bestsellers: The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies (2013); The Promise: President Obama, Year One (2010); and The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope (2006). His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life, was published in 2020.

In this Nov. 3, 2019, photo, former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Jonathan Alter
Both as president and private citizen, Jimmy Carter has relied on God’s guidance. In an excerpt from his new biography, Jonathan Alter examines this constant in Carter’s life.