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More a set of loosely connected essays than a single, precise argument, Our Endangered Values outlines Carter's worldview while pondering what he posits are key problems looming in the 21st century. Thematic touchstones such as the war, environmental negligence, civil liberties, the rich-poor divide, and the separation of church and state form the book's backbone, with Carter filtering each through the prism of his own vast experience. He doesn't much like what he sees. Though much of the data Carter presents to support his arguments is familiar, it's worth repeating that "the rate of firearm homicides in the United States is nineteen times higher than that of 35 other high-income countries combined." That "In addition to imprisonment, the United States of America stands almost alone in the world in our fascination with the death penalty, and our few remaining companions are regimes with a lack of respect for basic human rights." That when it comes to sharing the wealth with poor nations "Americans are the stingiest of all industrialized nations. We allow about one-thirtieth as much as is commonly believed [or] sixteen cents out of each $100 of the gross national income." America: land of the free, home of the brave? Try global bully with a bad attitude and reckless sense of entitlement.
Carter spends significant time contextualizing his own spirituality, as if to underscore the urgency of his message that fundamentalism in any form is bad, especially when it encroaches on government. Indeed, Carter persuasively links fundamentalism to harmful policy, the subjugation of women, general xenophobia, and a host of other ills occurring all around him. And while George W. Bush in particular and the current administration in general take fewer clips on the chin than might be expected, Carter's arguments for common-sense change are deeply resonant nonetheless. --Kim Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Maybe this book, if everyone reads it, will get people to do just that.
This book, which covers a very broad spectrum of issues, is extremely well written and all the points are made in a straight forward and honest way.
Jimmy Carter's new book is a critique of America's current leadership and the rise of fundamentalism in today's religion and politics.
The book is really about religious beliefs. Not what I expected from someone who was the president.But if you like religion, good for youPublished 17 days ago by Robin
Former president Carter is often characterized as a devout Christian peanut farmer. While that is accurate he is much more than that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John_C_Wood
President Carter's observations are very relevant today even though it was published in 2005. His insights and perspective are unique and he offers in easily understood dialog an... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Aaron T Stout
This book was a gift to my dad, who is a Jimmy Carter fan, as well as a voracious reader. It is not quite as readable as some other Carter books, but is still a good choice.Published 3 months ago by grace
I'm a moderate and agree on President Carter on most things. The book is well written, clear, and concise. It is a good summary of the major issues of today. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Molly
I have enjoyed the book very much. It requires the reader to look beyond the superficiality of issues and consider Inez's values. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert Walsh
Its history and opinion, which I mostly agree with. Carter was a good man and not given credit or the support a leader needs. Read morePublished 12 months ago by gerald knutson
let me be honest.... I haven't read the entire book, but it has become the most useful book I own; it is so incredibly useful that it is now falling a part. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. D. Jurado
I've read several of former President Carter's books and have always enjoyed them. I purchased this book because of his views on the damage the ultra conservative religions... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Steven Alex