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Blood of Abraham: Insights Into the Middle East

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In a new edition of this national bestseller, Carter demystifies the history of each of the nations that comprise the Middle East, the reasons for their different goals, and the nature of their prime concerns--and provides an enlightened and reconciling vision for all who share the blood of Abraham.
Paperback, 243 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by University of Arkansas Press (first published January 1st 1986)
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Jan 15, 2009 Taylor rated it really liked it
A fairly short summary of the recent history of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Although some of the information is dated (the book was mostly written after Carter left office in 1985), it is really interested to get not only Carter's grasp of the situation but also some insight into the thoughts and motivations of the various personalities leading the countries of the Middle East.

Carter's personal feeling that peace was close at hand after the Egypt-Israel settlement (during his presidency) leav
Connie Burchfield
Excellent history with personal touch since JC has a hx. with the leaders of the Middle East from Presidency and Carter Center. I have the utmost respect for Jimmy Carter given his true devotion to peaceful problem-solving and conflict resolution throughout the globe. A true diplomat and statesman. I am sorry he was not appreciated when he was in office. It was very enlightening to know that there are UN resolutions and other agreements governing relations with Israel but simply not adhered to.
Daniel Spangler
Jan 20, 2013 Daniel Spangler rated it liked it
I wouldn't recommend this book unless maybe you are trying to get a perspective on the Middle East from the early 80s. The writing is pretty dry. There doesn't really seem to be a strong statement of anything really. It's very formulaic, almost like you might be reading a state department briefing or something. The most interesting aspects of the book are his inside stories given his unique position as a former president.
Oct 11, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it
I got this book but it seems like he talked about this in another book he wrote. We have been always steps away from a Middle east treaty that something always gets in the way. I saw Pres. Clinton had a deal worked out for peace and then Yassar Arafat pulled out of the agreement. Since this book was written so much anger and violence have taken place we we never have peace there.
Abdul Rahman Abdul
Author should have pursued Palestinian-Israeli peace process more vigorously when he was the President.
Where he is now, who listens?
Nonetheless, I wish to thank author for an insightful narrative on Mid-East, without which, the general populace only knows this subject through media reports only, which often are biased.
Sep 22, 2016 Barb rated it did not like it
Carter is not totally honest and presents history from his slanted view. He was a failed president and from this book (first of his I have read) he is also a failed author (if he actually wrote the book, which I doubt).
Mar 08, 2008 Lauren rated it it was ok
interesting, but i couldn't get into it
Jan 03, 2009 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is somewhat repetitive and some parts can be tiresome. But overall, it is a very informative look at the "behind the scenes" work done to facilitate the Camp David Accords.
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James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981, and the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. Prior to becoming president, Carter served two terms in the Georgia Senate and as the 76th Governor of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975.

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