President Carter has always been an inspirational figure to me. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his reading of this book, which sounds more like a personal and spontaneous conversation than the well-crafted historical narrative that it is. I have read lengthly critiques of the anti-Israel biases in this book, and I do not discount them... I think it is essential to study those critiques and consider the factual errors that are in this book. But it is still very worthwhile and enjoyable, even if (as with all stories about history and politics), it is necessary to go to other sources to round out the picture.
The most honest book about the Middle East in the last 10 years.
The Israel lobby / AIPAC will go nuts because someone has spoken the "truth" about the systematic, cruel & immoral oppression of Palestinians.
Openly discusses the disproportionate response to the desperation of suicide bombing.
Like America, Israel is armed with WMDs of every kind; nuclear, biological & chemical and yet claims fear of neighbors who only have resort to rhetoric and bluster.
The book is a good history of politics in the Middle East. It was fair and balanced and insightful. I did notice that President Carter didn't realize the realities on the ground while he was still in office and able to effect change.
overall its a good book if you don't know the nuts and bolts of the conflict, although there seems to be a bit of a bias against the republicans, but that's obvious...
Jimmy Carter doesn't have both oars in the water with this book. Overly critical of Israel, he forgives Arab aggression with only casual mention. Neither does he mention that the impetus for that aggression is Islam but blames more the Jews. For example, Carter condemns Israel for trying to divert Jordan headwaters but never mentions that the Arabs previously did the same thing several times. In fact, the first (albeit failed) jihad that His friend Arafat went on with 'Al Fata' was to bomb a water pumping station. In fact all of Carters critical references of Jewish retaliation is due to initial Arabic aggression. Without which,with a few exceptions, the Jews would not have done the retaliation they are accused of. Carter never met a dictator he didn't like, including Arafat. He slanders every Jewish leader in this book but never so much as mentions any of the known corruption of Arafat. He overlooks 3 conditions that give the Jews the right to occupy this area. 1. They won it in war that was started by the other side. No country is ever mandated to give back territory under these conditions. 2. The Jews were there first, regardless if his friend Arafat denies the existence of King David. 3. As opposed to Muslim destruction, the Jews have historically shown they would take care of the place and let all religions visit their shrines in peace. There are some trivial factual errors in the book as well. For example, Carter says that Yom Kippur was the only nuclear alert....yet we went to Defcon 2 at Cuban Missile crisis. There are much better reads for accuracy and less bias by Dore Gold and Max I Dimont. Or try "O Jerusalem". Carter dreams that peace in the middle east will be reached by negotiations. That would only be possible if the Arabs were in agreement, bound in some way, and centrally controlled.... instead of by verses in the Koran that say,"Kill the Christian, kill the Jew, wherever you find them", Sura 9:5. Only coloring books in the Carter library, please!
Rarely does one come by such a simplified and shallow analysis of events.
However, for Jimmy Carter fans, plenty of pomposity, self importance and congratulatory comments have "managed" to find their way into this succinct and concise version of the extremely complex events described.
Waste of time (and money, even for the sale price)...
A pitiful anti-Israel diatribe by the worst president of the 20th century. Charming language but hardly an objective description of the situation. To equate Israel's border with apartheid is simple ridiculous. The author should go back to building houses and leave politics alone