'What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?': Jimmy Carter, America's 'Malaise,' and the Speech That Should Have Changed the Country

'What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?': Jimmy Carter, America's 'Malaise,' and the Speech That Should Have Changed the Country

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by Kevin Mattson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1596915218

ISBN-13: 9781596915213

Pub. Date: 07/14/2009

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

In 1979, in an effort to right our national malaise, Jimmy Carter delivered a speech that risked his reputation and the future of the Democratic Party, changing the course of American politics for the next twenty-five years.

At a critical moment in Jimmy Carter's presidency, he gave a speech that should have changed the country. Instead

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In 1979, in an effort to right our national malaise, Jimmy Carter delivered a speech that risked his reputation and the future of the Democratic Party, changing the course of American politics for the next twenty-five years.

At a critical moment in Jimmy Carter's presidency, he gave a speech that should have changed the country. Instead it led to his downfall and ushered in the rise of the conservative movement in America. In "What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?" Kevin Mattson gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the weeks leading up to Carter's "malaise" speech, a period of great upheaval in the United States: the energy crisis had resulted in mile-long gas lines, inciting suburban riots and violence; the country's morale was low and Carter's ratings were even lower. The administration, wracked by its own crises, was in constant turmoil and conflict. What came of their great internal struggle, which Mattson conveys with the excitement of a political thriller, was a speech that deserves a place alongside L incoln's Gettysburg Address or FDR's First Inaugural. Prominent politicians on both sides of the aisle play important roles, including Carter, Vice President Walter Mondale, speechwriter Hendrik Hertzberg, Ronald Reagan, and Ted Kennedy. Like the best of narrative political writing, Mattson provides great insight into the workings of the Carter White House and the moral crisis that ushered in a new, conservative America.

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ISBN-13:
9781596915213
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
07/14/2009
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.04(d)

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People tell me that I'm crazy when I say that Jimmy Carter was right when he gave his now infamous "malaise" speech in 1979. I'm glad Mattson's got my back with this wonderful book. Frightening to consider that the narcicism and consumerism of the late 1970's pales in comparison to that of today. People are spending an entire paycheck on useless gizmos like iPhones during recession. While newspapers are dying, millions "follow" Ashton Kutcher on Twitter. Please wake up America. Before it's too late (if it already isn't).