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Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis

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A Presidents Thoughts on Important Issues

This book takes a look at Jimmy Carter¿s opinions on different sides of the issues that have been going on in the government as well as in society. As a former president, Carter reflects on his past experiences and examples to show what he considers is right. It is a gr...
This book takes a look at Jimmy Carter¿s opinions on different sides of the issues that have been going on in the government as well as in society. As a former president, Carter reflects on his past experiences and examples to show what he considers is right. It is a great book that will help provide people with a lot of information about the world we live in along with a man that has his own views on certain topics. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to start to learn more about political issues.

posted by Anonymous on December 8, 2007

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A moral challenge to Americans

In this book, Nobelist and former President Jimmy Carter asserts that Christian fundamentalists have taken control of the American government. Although he is a devout Christian himself, he outlines charges against fundamentalists and neoconservatives that reiterate many...
In this book, Nobelist and former President Jimmy Carter asserts that Christian fundamentalists have taken control of the American government. Although he is a devout Christian himself, he outlines charges against fundamentalists and neoconservatives that reiterate many oft-aired criticisms of the current administration. He also decries fundamentalist control of the Southern Baptist denomination, which may be of less interest to business readers. However, one need not agree with Carter to be drawn by his political philosophy and sincerity, nor disagree to be bruised by his self-righteous tone. This is more sermon than essay, for it has a pronounced religious focus, but we find that it provides a heartfelt portrait of the value judgments of a historic figure who never hesitated to provoke debate. Readers seeking a liberal focus on issues about which conservatives and liberals disagree will find this to be a passionate touchstone, as will those alarmed by what they perceive as manifestations of fundamentalism in U.S. public policy.

posted by Anonymous on June 27, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    A Presidents Thoughts on Important Issues

    This book takes a look at Jimmy Carter¿s opinions on different sides of the issues that have been going on in the government as well as in society. As a former president, Carter reflects on his past experiences and examples to show what he considers is right. It is a great book that will help provide people with a lot of information about the world we live in along with a man that has his own views on certain topics. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to start to learn more about political issues.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    America's Values

    This book is about America's values and how our country has some defects with it that Jimmy Carter feels need to be changed. He gives evidence to show that the U.S. has been handling some situations and topics poorly, but it should not be too hard to change.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    Fundamentalists - More Than Bush - Put to Task by Someone Who Knows the Pressure

    Jimmy Carter, the most prolific of former commanders-in-chief, has come out with his twentieth book and surprisingly the first that is overtly political. While the book is an incisive and decidedly critical look at Bush's foreign and domestic policies, it also reflects the mass of contradictions that Carter has represented as both a political leader and a man of faith. His commitment to human rights informed his presidency, but his limited abilities in campaigning and governing reflected a certain naïveté about public policy implementation. Carter takes full aim at the fundamentalists. Fundamentalism, Carter writes, has three attributes: 'rigidity, domination, and exclusion'. He explains that the rigor by which Bush has courted the religious right has induced a domino effect of pain points for the country - tax cuts for the wealthy, proposed spending cuts to social programs, utter disrespect for human rights, cruelty toward prisoners in Iraq, a despoiled environment and an imperialistic foreign policy. These are the indicators of how far the US has fallen, in particular, becoming a pariah in many countries. Once a moral beacon to the world, the US, according to Carter, has fallen in its global standing due to the influence wielded by fundamentalists over our policies. Carter's perspective comes from being a devout Southern Baptist, a faith that has been adamant about the separation of church and state. Consequently, he derides the unprecedented historic merging of church and state under President Bush, as he provides valid reasons to distrust religious hierarchies and respect the autonomy of local congregations. There is no question that Carter is a religious man who believes Bush's Christian faith but not to the extent of informing government policy. Fundamentalism has gotten this country into a mess, but he sincerely feels religion can once again help the nation finds its soul. Granted, there are times when Carter treats the reader like a Sunday school student, but he is overly cautious when he moves back to the political when examining the details of Bush's policies. This is where the book falls a bit short as he skirts around more secular issues such as the environment or counterterrorism as if he is running for office again. Probably out of respect for the office he once held, Carter seems reluctant to point a finger at Bush, and to some extent, I admire his restraint. However, a dispassionate tone surfaces periodically, and Carter's voice without prophetic urgency has a tendency to sound more like wonk-speak than a man propelled by the power of the Bible. Bush is not the only one he puts to task, as he also expresses hesitation about his own party as well. He states emphatically that Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry failed to connect with deeply religious voters by appealing to their sense of logic and overemphasizing controversial topics like abortion rights. At 81, Carter is showing himself to be far more of a renaissance man now since he left the Oval Office a quarter century ago. This book illustrates how the distance of twenty-five years lends his perspective a resonance that none of the anti-Bush brigade could muster. This is a highly recommended read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2005

    Brings Up Interesting Topics, But Skims Over Them

    Jimmy Carter was a marginally unimpressive president when he was in office, he only became a noteable humanitarian after his service was up. This book brings up lots of interesting and pressing issues confronting our country today the war on terror, abortion, the death penalty, income disparity. It peaks your interest but does little else since it briefly glosses over them, never spending more than 15 pages on any one topic. It's kind of a tease and you would be better off reading two or three books which focus on one of the specific issues. It is well written and surprisingly moderate and might be enjoyed if you want a brief overview of the moral problems in America today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2005

    Carter and Christian Morality

    Jimmy Carter has shown he is a Christian with his behavior and not just his rhetoric. This book addresses another viewpoint of politics and Christianity during this critical time.

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    Posted October 7, 2009

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