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BEST: Jimmy Carter, A Life, by Jonathan Alter. (Simon & Schuster, 800 p., $20.) Written in his David Greenberg review, Alter’s “significant, fair-minded” biography deals with his subject with “a depth rarely achieved by political journalism.” The book “reveals Carter’s undervalued strengths, resounding failures, and unnamed victories, as well as his weaknesses,” and shows how …