- 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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Crisis: The last year of the Carter presidency Hardcover – October 11, 1982
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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.
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.
Interesting read, but it leaves lots of questions.