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We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work

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The former president's audio edition of his latest title has an enhanced CD featuring downloadable, helpful maps and relevant historical documents. The maps, in particular, add valuable context and demonstrate the volatile overlapping of cultures and faiths in a relatively small sliver of land. As an added bonus, the package also contains a sample CD from Bringing Peace to a Changing World, the third volume in Carter's acclaimed Sunday Mornings in Plains Bible study series. Perhaps comparing a straightup audio book adaptation with recordings of Carter in a dynamic and spontaneous teaching environment is unfair, but listeners will notice the stark contrast between Carter's competent but stilted delivery in We Can Have Peace and the animated and engaging speaking style of Sunday Mornings in Plains. A Simon & Schuster hardcover (reviewed online). (Jan.)
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“Its most important intended reader should take seriously

Carter’s advice to pursue peace.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Balanced, deeply felt. . . a thoughtful and much needed addition to the discourse. . . Eschews the partisan recriminations and historical gerrymandering that typify most discussions of the conflict. . . . Carter offers a pragmatic solution. . . . If only everyone involved in this issue were as considered and optimistic as Jimmy Carter.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“As always, his is a voice to be listened to.” —Booklist

“Carter is illuminating and inspiring in this knowledgeable insider’s history.”

—Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 20, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1439140634
  • ASIN: B002BWQ4UU
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,685,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cory Geurts on February 17, 2009
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Too many of the reviews here are politically motivated. My goal here is to step back and write an objective review about the book only, politics aside.

This book is genuine, intelligently written, and has a well-thought out premise backed by Jimmy Carter's decades of experience working with key leaders on all sides of the Middle-East peace process. The political tide in the United States has turned, and the timing of this book is no mistake: Carter is hoping take advantage of the change to encourage another attempt of peace in the Holy Land.

The main body of the text provides a relevant history of peace efforts in the Middle-East. I found this review to be quite helpful. It reads much easier and more interesting than "The Blood of Abraham," Carter's 1985 detailed history of the various groups involved in the Middle-East. The reason I rated this book as 4 stars instead of 5 is because there really isn't a lot of new information or ideas for those who are well-read on Carter. But I can still highly recommend this book since most people out there haven't read lots of Carter.

Carter recounts the trial-and-error Camp David negotiation process that he used as President in 1978. He reminds us of the bickering and accusations made by both sides, but also the compromises they were ultimately able to agree upon. Carter's role was to lay down and enforce some rules, be willing to ad lib, be determined, and to act as friend and intermediary to both sides.

Carter is not getting any younger, and I think the take-home message is clear. This is an urgent issue that still requires a lot of hard work. Too many lives are being lost everyday on all sides.
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I have never seen so many 1 star reviews for a book. People are giving us their opinion of Jimmy Carter and publishing it as a review and many of them are one sentence reviews. Then we have Michael Evans who wrote his review to promote his own book. Michael has praised Sean Hanitty and Bill Orielly with 5 star reviews for their books and he was friends with Menachem Begin who is quoted in the book as the "most notorious terrorist in the region." Begin is the former leader of the Irgun terrorist group which killed many innocent civilians and bombed the King David Hotel which involved the murder of dozens of people. If bombing a hotel does not qualify someone as a terrorist, regardless of what they did afterwards, than I would like Mr. Evans or anyone to explain why.

Michael asks the question; "Could it be that Jimmy Carter's ideals are formulated by the number of zeros before the decimal on the contributions to the Carter Center by oil-rich Gulf States?" I counter this by asking; Could it be that Jimmy Carter is actually telling the truth and giving us the facts which are hard to swallow?

People condemn Carter for being too critical of Israel and not blaming the Palestinians enough. Only two months after taking office back in 1976, Carter said in answer to reporters question that Israel needs to be "recognized by the Palestinians" and the desire to destroy Israel must change. He says in the book that "the same answer can be given today."
He starts the book off by telling us his early fascination of the Middle East region as a kid and then gives us a brief overview of all the death and destruction that Israel and her neighbors have done to each other. The next chapter includes the awful truth of the illegal settlements and how every President since Lyndon B.
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Several years ago, I read Carter's book Palestine: Peace not Apartheid. I enjoyed it and learned a lot. He really attempted to present the perspectives and parts of all the parties involved (the countries and peoples). That book primarily focused on the many sides. This book spends the first few chapters reiterating what the first book talked about. But, then he enters new territory and the events of the past nine years.

Before he begins, he writes an introduction/forward that addresses the controversy over the title of his first book and specifically the use of the word "apartheid". It was very interesting and informative. His explanation is likely something that very few Americans are aware of. I actually did hear Tavis Smiley's interview of Jimmy Carter on PBS about that book and he questioned him very disrespectfully about the title. His questions were accusatory and inappropriate. Jimmy Carter, on the other hand, responded in a very respectful way with a great deal of decorum.

After the introduction and first few chapters of the book, Carter begins to talk about what has happened in Israel and Palestine during the last 9 years. He included several statistics that simply made me cry.

This book is an important one. At first, I thought this book supplanted his first and that there would be no need to read the first. But, I don't think that is the case. Both are important. The first because it talks about all of the sides. The second because it talks about the last 9 years and the events of those years.
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