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.
This is a must read, we have a responsiblity to know where our tax dollars are going and who our government is supporting. Isreal is an Aparthied state and Mr. Carter explains this perfectly in this book that is based on true documented facts.
This book points out specific lawful points in this conflict. For example UN resolutions without inferring bias and leaving the reader with the ability to cross reference the situation from a Judicial perspective.
JC provides an independent on the ground view of the conflict and proposes possible and best options to resolve the conflict in the most civil manner without discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, or political beliefs.
JC also touches although lightly on key factors such as numbers of people affected by this conflict on both sides of the fence. Many people have died, the numbers help on taking a humanistic approach to a simple yet over loaded topic. It leaves one with thirst for understanding the massive immigration of "International non native Jews" to this small geographical region. It provokes thought on how natural resources in the area must be distributed to provide for the people living in this land and leaves me to wonder if the Israelite ever think about the "Final Solution" when they were on the chopping block, and how this affects their view and association with other peoples.
Jimmy Carter is one of the most knowledgeable people on earth when it comes to the middle east .
He write in all honesty no suger coating here regardeless to all the attacks on him from some groups.
It's a great reading / listining with all the back groundto understand all the events . ENJOY
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!
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