I've read this book in conjunction with Anatoly Dobrynins 'In Confidence' to get both sides of the story during Carters presidency.While i have the greatest of sympathy with Carter regarding the hostage crisis situation with Iran,i cannot forgive him for his ridiculous over reaction to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan,ill conceived as that was (at Dobrynins admission).His ridiculous assertion that this was 'the greatest threat to peace since world war two' was alarmist and plainly untrue yet it succeeded in wrecking detante and scaring the hell out of a lot of people (myself included!)in January 1980.By apparently only listening to the hawks in his cabinet and ignoring the advice of reasonable people like Cyrus Vance (who resigned in April 1980 as a result),Carter contributed to what was in effect a new cold war.The Russians were apparantly astonished at his reaction to what they saw as a local matter on their borders (not a cover for expansionism into the Persian Gulf as Carter would have had us believe)but the damage had been done and we are still paying the price today.This is an interesting read but ultimately just proves that Carter was unfit for purpose as president.
this memoir by a more recent incumbent of the oval office will be of interest to anyone who has paid attention to the news over the past four decades .a man who's fundemantal christian beliefs have led him to try to find peace in the holy land ,the elimination of all nuclear weapons from the face of the earth and respect for personal freedom and human rights across the globe . a man who truly deserved the award of the nobel peace prize which he was awarded back in 2002
Jimmy Carter has received an unfavorable review after his four year presidency. He has been left open to hawkish critics for a number of events that occured during his four year presidency. Afghanistan and Iran left blemishing marks on Carter's record. What we fail to consider is the fact that events in Iran, the greatest concern during his presidency, grew out of regional concerns; the Shah was a menance, unfavorable to the majority of Iran and Carter did not opposed Khominei's Iranian republic. While he may have disliked the idea of losing Iran, a pillar of support in a volatile region of the world, he recognized the new government. In addition, he did everything possible to get the hostages out of Iran as soon as possible, while maintaining America's elevated moral position and avoid millitary intervention. In retrospect, the hostage crisis was a product of internal Iranian society and politics, not Carter's decisions. Carter must be viewed as a loyal American, who tried his best to salvage a messy Iranian sitauion, and a president who has miraculously redefined his image in the US after his presidency.
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