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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.
Jimmy Carter has written many books since his time in office. His blend of foreign policy ideas, views of national politics, national security and his personal faith background... Read morePublished 3 days ago by C P Slayton
President Cater helps us recognize our strengths as a nation. He also helps us, and challenges, us to live up to our moral responsibilities as a nation.Published 2 months ago by M. Sezzi
Jimmy Carter may not have been the best president - events conspired against him - but he IS a great American.
He lives and breathes his faith and patriotism. Read more
Excellent easy read a must for folks who want to get the basics of most of the political, economic and especially "religious" issues that divide our country. Read morePublished 3 months ago by caseyat bat
I rarely give one star reviews, and never have to a former President, but absolutely hated this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tommy
I had read this before and wanted a copy to reread. Jimmy Carter gives really good insights on some of the most controversial issues facing Christians today.Published 8 months ago by Jean Everett
Too much preaching. I had anticipated there would be more discussion on how the crisis affects America's domestic and foreign policy.Published 9 months ago by Rosie