- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (September 18, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743285034
- ISBN-13: 978-0743285032
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 868 customer reviews
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"This book offers a historical overview in the form of a personal memoir....Carter may thus be said to be both a source for the historian and himself a historian of the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation. This little book merits a reading on both counts."
-- L. Carl Brown, Foreign Affairs
"A provocative and all too accurate diagnosis of why the Israeli-Palestinian impasse still festers twenty-five years after [Carter] left the White House....Timely and refreshing for its candor."
-- Philip C. Wilcox, Jr., National Catholic Reporter
"This is a must-read for anyone desiring to understand the Middle East problems."
-- Dennis Lythgoe, The Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)
"Takes dead aim at what is the most pressing international affairs and national security issue of our times....Mr. Carter brings to the table a unique credibility."
-- Dan Simpson, The Toledo Blade (Ohio)
About the Author
Jimmy Carter was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981. In 1982, he and his wife founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world. Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. He is the author of thirty books, including A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety; A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power; An Hour Before Daylight: Memoirs of a Rural Boyhood; and Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis.
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Jimmy explains the situation in the Middle East clearly and includes history to help explain the current situation.
What Carter does get right easily outweighs the flaws, in my opinion. He presents the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts and peace efforts over the past generation within the context of personal experience. Here is a person who has rubbed shoulders and negotiated with all the key players and has several tangible results to prove it, not the least of which are the Camp David Accords of 1978. Less than a handful of Americans have done more than Carter to forge a two-way street through the Arab-Israeli conundrum.
Carter's book is balanced. As for the criticism that he whitewashes Yasir Arafat, I can't say that I buy it. He presents Arafat as a man who had some interest in peace (maybe), but with plenty of warts. Note: The criticism is well taken that Carter seems to fall for Arafat's dubious claim that he never called for the destruction of Israel. Aside from that slipup, Carter shows us an Arafat who was untrustworthy more often than not. But then Arafat was not the only problem. Too many of the key players on both sides have been either stubborn or hotheaded. That is why, after so many years, it is still two steps forward and three steps back. Cooler heads simply must prevail or very soon there will be a large-scale regional war with global implications. This is no joke! Carter has his hand on the pulse of this vortex of conflict and when he speaks, I listen.
The bottom line: Carter says what needs to be said. Perhaps much of this is common knowledge outside the USA, but sheltered Americans need to know it too. The Palestinian plight and grievances are real, as well as Israel's basic need for national security. Both must be reconciled. In light of this sobering reality, the time for petty potshots is over. The stakes are high, and so I urge anyone who wants to be fair-minded about this to put your biases aside, read Carter's book, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Fr. Dennis Mercieri (as of December 21, 2006, add: 26 of 41 people found the following review helpful:)