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“A tour de force of the global abuse and manipulation of women, including statistics that will stun most readers with details that cannot be ignored…The scope of the material is astounding…Mr. Carter's A Call to Action should not only be required reading in America, but should also serve as the template for a complete reinterpretation of the religious views behind our treatment of each other, to discover what he claims is the true meaning behind the miracle of creation.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

A Call to Action reinforces his dedication to wiping out injustice—and his ability to move others to join his cause.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

“When reading A Call to Action, I got the sense that this is a man who has spent nine decades advocating for women and will continue to do so until his last breath. He is a man on a mission, listing 23 challenges he and The Carter Center are determined to work on for the betterment of women. He demonstrates how he used his influence throughout his lifetime to push women’s rights forward . . . Carter’s book overwhelms as well as inspires.” (Huffington Post)

“Women’s studies scholars and readers interested in international human rights may find these accounts of discrimination and abuse disturbing but should be challenged to respond to Carter’s call for action.” (Library Journal)

A Call to Action ends with a list of recommendations to ameliorate the condition of women and girls worldwide, such as having more women in higher public office and involving religious scholars to give a more forward-looking interpretation to their faiths. It is this commitment to a progressive religious outlook that makes Carter almost a lone voice in U.S. politics.” (Progressive.org)

“[Carter] wrote his book with deep knowledge, insight and compassion…Indeed, it is time to wake up.” (Morning Call (PA))

A Call to Action enhances [Carter’s] role as elder statesman and human rights warrior by focusing entirely on the enslavement, degradation, and torture that women endure around the world. . . . an important book that should serve as a reference guide and instructional manual for dealing with the atrocities against women.” (The Daily Beast)

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Jimmy Carter was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981. In 1982, he and his wife founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world. Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. He is the author of over two-dozen books, including An Hour Before Daylight; Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid and Our Endangered Values. He lives in Plains, Georgia.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476773955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476773957
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, and served as thirty-ninth President of the United States. He and his wife, Rosalynn, founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that prevents and resolves conflicts, enhances freedom and democracy, and improves health around the world. He is the author of numerous books, including Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, An Hour Before Daylight and Our Endangered Values. He received a "Best Spoken Word" Grammy Award for his recording of Our Endangered Values. All of President Carter's proceeds from this series will go to the Maranatha Baptist Church of Plains, Georgia.

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146 of 153 people found the following review helpful By ernest schusky on March 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Carter will probably antagonize more people with this book than any of his others. He has documented his position with facts and statistics that can't be disputed. Such as, in India female genocide has become so common that women are only about two thirds as numerous as men. Similar findings are documented for China, and the inferiority of women is glaringly obvious in the Middle East.
What will raise so much objection to his work is that he points out how all the major religions can be used to justify female inferiority and thus the ill treatment of women. The Bible, the Koran, and Hindu texts all have passages explicitly claiming male superiority. Of course, the statements are contradicted elsewhere in the sacred writings, but male leaders have no trouble selecting the passages that enforce their superiority.
Carter doesn't hesitate to shine light on the United States and its rampant sex trade. One can't help but admire his courage when he picks out Atlanta as the busiest place in the business of sex, but what must be most admired is how he tells of leaving the religion in which he was raised-and served as a Sunday School teacher-when he realized how much sex discrimination existed in the Southern Baptist denomination. He also takes on the Catholic Church for its sex discrimination.
Its a book that's sure to be discussed and cursed for a long time. A tremendous eye opener.
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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Mary R. on March 25, 2014
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This is an eye opening and startling account of what happens to little girls in the Middle East, Asia and other countries. The sickening practice of genital mutilation of young girls is a horror in any day and age. The slavery of young women in the world is rampant. There is much more in this book that needs to be read by all people. Thank you President Carter for exposing these horrors in today's world.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Dog Lover on March 28, 2014
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I know Jimmy Carter takes a lot of flack for his performance as a President, fine .But he is truly an incredible American. This book lays out in clear, direct language the global ills and lack of progress we can make if we face if we oppress 50% of the population. Often dismissed as 'women's issues', sexual repression in the form of gendercide, family violence, political and religious attacks on family planning, etc affect the human race as a whole. He points to examples in history and illustrates his points with comparative cultures. I'm drawn to his humble approach and peace-driven (very logical) reasoning. He points out we have become a world where violence is the first choice instead of a last resort. Not to sound hippy-dippy, but he makes a very good point that it does not make for a better world. I would love to put this in the hands of every religious fundamentalist out there, because it would be a dose of intelligence, rationale and humility in their willfully ignorant worlds. I feel this book was timely, as it seems there is a push-back on women's progression in the past few years. It feels like women have to defend themselves for their sexuality and their desire for equality at every turn. His common sense views feel almost damn therapeutic in a world full of crazy.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By J M VOGELGESANG on April 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Actually, all thinking men and women should. If you open your mind, this will open your eyes. It is hard to read. You will be appalled. You will be very troubled. You may even lose some sleep. But take your medicine. This is stuff you need to know, “an inconvenient truth”. Jimmy Carter manages to present the overwhelming extent of abuse and treatment of women and girls with devastating effect in a very few pages. I knew about much of this before reading this book, and I found this hard to read myself. And the complicity of presumably the greatest nation in the world and especially those who claim to be followers of Jesus is beyond appalling. But this book is a call to action, and Jimmy Carter is a modern-day prophet. He is right: Buy-in and action by men is critical. Whether this book is important or not will depend on the actions of the readers. If enough men (and women) use their influence, no matter how small, to address this injustice, the book will be important.

The following remarks are directed specifically to groups of which I am, or have been, an insider. I will leave addressing other groups, such as Muslims, to insiders of those groups. As a biblical scholar, I am all too aware of selective interpretation of the Bible. Actually, I believe some of the texts used to bludgeon women into submission say what the fundamentalists think they say. But as a former fundamentalist, I also believe that those scriptures are inimical to Jesus, and that the trajectory of Christianity moved in concert with the paternalistic culture of the ancient world until the original message of Jesus was almost forgotten, and certainly ignored. I selectively interpret the Bible myself: My conclusion is that the teachings of Jesus trump those later time- and culture-bound instructions.
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`A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power' written by former US President Jimmy Carter is a very powerful book that with its never enough mentioned theme of women's rights resonates strongly.

Jimmy Carter succeeded in little more than two hundred pages to make an excellent overview of the most serious cases of women's rights violations, to point out the problems that women face these days all around the world, but also address a strong critique to some countries that are struggling mightily to polish their image towards the world, although in same time carry out disguised or less disguised policy of systematic women abuse.

At the beginning of the book Carter brought up the thesis that is commonly used around the world to justify such cases, regardless of skin color, religion and even the financial situation that prevails in countries that are characterized by such unjust practices - "...this system is based on the presumption that men and boys are superior to women and girls, and it is supported by some male religious leaders who distort the Holy Bible, the Koran, and other secret texts to perpetuate their claim that females are, in some basic ways, inferior to them, unqualified to serve God on equal terms. Many men disagree but remain quiet in order to enjoy the benefits of their dominant status. This false premise provides a justification for sexual discrimination in almost every realm of secular and religious life. Some men even cite this premise to justify physical punishment of women and girls."

For this reason `A Call to Action' is a real call to action, a great reminder to all those who, due to higher goals or interests, close their eyes to the known cases, and we can only hope that Jimmy Carter and his book will also help that one day in the history books will be written that such cases shameful for humanity disappeared in 21st century.
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