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Supporters of the nuclear energy industry claim, “The choice right now isn’t this system or another, the choice is the system or less energy.” But to many Americans, scientists and laymen alike, a nuclear reactor is an unacceptably dangerous and expensive device.
Pundits ascribe the fast rise of Georgia’s presidential candidate to the rising power and acceptability of the New South, but there’s a lot of the Old South at work in the phenomenon as well. From talks with Carter, his relatives, and friends, and from visits to the candidate’s hometown, the author assembles a revealing study of the man behind the big hominy grits smile.
“I knew from the start that I was bound to be crucified either way I moved. If I left the woman I really loved—the Great Society in order to get involved with that bitch of a war on the other side of the world, then I would lose everything at home. . . . But if I left that war and let the Communists take over South Vietnam, then I would be seen as a coward and my nation as an appeaser. . .”