|Stuart E. Eizenstat. Madeline Albright, foreword.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||999 / 2018|
|Publisher:||Thomas Dunne/St. Martinís|
Nearly four decades after Jimmy Carter left office, his presidency is often remembered for the Iran hostage crisis abroad and rampant inflation at home. Offering a more rounded portrait, U.S. ambassador Stuart Eizenstat—then Carter's Domestic Affairs Advisor—reveals the grueling negotiations behind the peace accord between Israel and Egypt, as well as what led to the return of the Panama Canal, and how Carter made human rights an imperative. Eizenstat follows Carter's passing of America's first comprehensive energy policy and details the creation of the modern vice-presidency, while explaining how the president's desire to do the right thing—rather than what is expedient—often hurt him politically and alienated Congress. Along with 24 pages of photographs, this uncommonly thorough book also includes a foreword by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
"A comprehensive and persuasive account of Carter's presidency that stands far above the familiar confessional and reveal-all accounts by former White House officials we are accustomed to reading.... Eizenstat offers a compelling narrative filled with colorful stories ... Political junkies and presidential-history buffs will love this book. Eizenstat has succeeded in showing that the Carter presidency had a huge impact on American political life."—Washington Post
"Eizenstat has produced a thoughtful, measured and compelling account that bemoans Carter's weaknesses even as it extols his strengths. It fills a gaping void on the presidential bookshelf. Until now, there has never been a satisfying full-length history of [Carter's] presidency. Eizenstat closes that gap."—NYTimes