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The Nobel Peace Prize-winning former president and author of Sharing Good Times shares his personal views on moral values as they relate to key issues today, evaluating the controversial and increasing intersection between religious and political arenas. 250,000 first printing.
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Even at his most irate, Jimmy Carter projects cool, communicating with a poise that commands attention while gently signaling to opponents that they better do their homework before mounting any sort of debate. Perhaps that's why the former president, Nobel Peace Prize-winner, and bestselling author ranks as one of the planet's most respected voices in the areas of human rights, diplomacy, and good government. And when a clearly agitated Carter suggests America is on a slippery slope, globally speaking, as he does throughout Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis, it's wise to pay heed even if the book's overriding Christian perspective may trip cautionary bells in secular readers.
More a set of loosely connected essays than a single, precise argument, Our Endangered Values outlines Carter's worldview while pondering what he posits are key problems looming in the 21st century. Thematic touchstones such as the war, environmental negligence, civil liberties, the rich-poor divide, and the separation of church and state form the book's backbone, with Carter filtering each through the prism of his own vast experience. He doesn't much like what he sees. Though much of the data Carter presents to support his arguments is familiar, it's worth repeating that "the rate of firearm homicides in the United States is nineteen times higher than that of 35 other high-income countries combined." That "In addition to imprisonment, the United States of America stands almost alone in the world in our fascination with the death penalty, and our few remaining companions are regimes with a lack of respect for basic human rights." That when it comes to sharing the wealth with poor nations "Americans are the stingiest of all industrialized nations. We allow about one-thirtieth as much as is commonly believed [or] sixteen cents out of each $100 of the gross national income." America: land of the free, home of the brave? Try global bully with a bad attitude and reckless sense of entitlement.
Carter spends significant time contextualizing his own spirituality, as if to underscore the urgency of his message that fundamentalism in any form is bad, especially when it encroaches on government. Indeed, Carter persuasively links fundamentalism to harmful policy, the subjugation of women, general xenophobia, and a host of other ills occurring all around him. And while George W. Bush in particular and the current administration in general take fewer clips on the chin than might be expected, Carter's arguments for common-sense change are deeply resonant nonetheless. --Kim HughesAbout the Author:
Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, and served as thirty-ninth President of the United States. He and his wife, Rosalynn, founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that prevents and resolves conflicts, enhances freedom and democracy, and improves health around the world. He is the author of numerous books, including Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, An Hour Before Daylight and Our Endangered Values. He received a "Best Spoken Word" Grammy Award for his recording of Our Endangered Values. All of President Carter's proceeds from this series will go to the Maranatha Baptist Church of Plains, Georgia.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2005. Hard Cover. Condition: NEW. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition , 11th Printing. BRAND NEW COPY. Post-presidential work of James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. (1924 -) 39th President of the United States (1977 - 1981) and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (2002). Philosophical concerns over discernible societal trends in America and the orientation of political leadership. 17 chapters. The President makes clear his personal persuasion as an evangelical Christian less "fundamentalists" leanings and absolute support for separation church and state, quoting extensively from Thomas Jefferson, and humanistic concerns of women's rights, support for the poor, and repudiation of the death penalty. These prefatory remarks leads ng to the disturbing shift in foreign policy evidence after Sept 11th, 2001 --- a move away from diplomacy to preemptive warfare, marking America's loss of moral leadership and, with it, respect among nations. Last sector addresses the equally apparent redistribution of wealth that is taking place --- America's poor are getting poorer, the rich are milking the middle class and becoming richer yet; government spending curtailed by massive tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations, at the expense of rising international debt. Seller Inventory # 016131