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Crisis: The last year of the Carter presidency Hardcover – October 11, 1982

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  • Hardcover: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (October 11, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399127380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399127380
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,615,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book does not hit the Bob Woodward standard of a blow-by-blow account covering all participants, but it does offer an interesting view of the situation. I would have liked more discussion of the economic issues, but maybe there just was not the focus on them by Carter (that may explain the outcome of his administrations economic record). The author does write in an easy to follow method and comes off as more of a conversation between friends in place of a heavy political review. This is an interesting book that is worth the time if you are interested in the political environment during the hostage crises. There are better reviews of the election process namely by Elizabeth Drew.
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In Crisis: The Last Year of the Carter Presidency by Hamilton Jordan two things stand out in this book. One, how the problems of the last year of the Carter Presidency seem so simple compared to what we face today, and two, the high burden that was placed on the author Hamilton Jordan to micromanage large crisis. Jordan personally shuttled across the globe to deal with the hostage situation and find a home for the Shah of Iran.
The book is written a diary format and you are taken inside the fast pace action inside the White House. That last year in 1980 was also an election year, so there are some insights into the failed re-election campaign.
To Carter's credit, all the hostages were returned alive and well, but his it took a toll on his Presidency and a missed opportunity to a second term.
This is fascinating read and makes you think that the political drama of that era is similar to what we experience today.
After the year review, there is a poignant scene where Jordan rushes aboard Air Force One to get an update on the hostage crisis from the situation room. He calls and there is concern on the other line. He reassures them that he is calling from a secure phone. As it turns out, that is not the problem, the issue is that Carter is no longer president, Reagan is, and thus cuts Jordan's access to sensitive information. He goes from a who's who to a whose he. A presidency is limited by the length of his term and then it's power and trappings move on to the next guy. So is the magic of democracy and Crisis gives you glimpse into the last year of the Carter years.
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I was born into the Reagan administration, and always heard horror stories from my parents about Carter's presidency. This book helped put the complaints I've heard about Carter into perspective.

Overall, the book paints Carter's advisers as conflicted and Carter himself as somewhat indecisive on certain issues that came back to bite him again and again during his last year in office. Overall a good read, excellent if you are into politics or studying Poli-sci.
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Jordan's book gives a good insider's view into White House operations. It is very sympathetic to Carter, and implies that Jordan continues to hold a great deal of admiration for Carter even after years of working for him, which says something very positive about Mr. Carter. This sort of personal, I-was-there-history is very valuable, but of course it needs to be read alertly and with a critical mind. For someone like me, who has not read heavily into the policies and decisions of the Carter Administration, this book should be balanced with the opinions of others outside the Administration.

Interesting read, but it leaves lots of questions.
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Maybe not the absolute best, but what a wonderful book. Hamilton's writing is simple, yet incredibly engrossing, moving, and entertaining. I cannot wait for his upcoming book - everyone should most definately check it out when it is released. Thank you.
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