Billy: Billy Carter's Reflections on His Struggle with Fame, Alcoholism, and Cancer

Billy Carter, Author, Sybil Carter, Author, Ken Estes, Author Edgehill Publications $8.94 (171p) ISBN 978-0-926028-05-0
This cozy account of the former president's late brother's battles against alcoholism and pancreatic cancer pulls no punches about Billy Carter's stubbornness and his failures, including his well-publicized financial and legal woes. The authors' sense of humor on the one hand and their acknowledgment of Carter's fatal illness on the other (he died in 1988) save this story from conventional gutter-to-recovery song and dance. Estes, director of communications for the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, confers a broader perspective, while short essays by Billy's wife Sybil and their children show the secondary casualties of alcoholism--and supply some unintentionally revealing opinions: ``He'd always be the first person . . . to get someone out of jail,'' says an admiring daughter. Another tells of her humiliation when Billy, inebriated, fell down at a high school basketball game. The family forgave Billy and was able to accept the changes effected by treatment. Some may find the style too folksy or disjointed, but others will appreciate its sincerity. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/30/1990
Release date: 02/01/1990
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