Mr. Carter was a mediocre President but was and remains an outstanding person of faith. His writing has also improved significantly as earlier works IMr. Carter was a mediocre President but was and remains an outstanding person of faith. His writing has also improved significantly as earlier works I have tried to read were just bad. Our Endangered Values has some great material and some that is whackadoodle bad.
The best portions explain his foundational principles and the religious upbringing that formed them. Quoting book and verse from many sections of the Bible, he presents his positions on faith issues with reason and understanding, defending his positions and revealing the errors of the interpretations of others, using scriptural references. I particularly enjoy his interpretation of the inter-relationship between science and religion; the two subjects are not incompatible as the Bible does not attempt to explain everything.
His chapter on the importance of sex education points out the problems with refusing to teach birth control by comparing our unwed mother and abortion rates with those of similar countries. We are doing much worse because we refuse to spend tax payer dollars on any message other than "just say no." The best way to prevent an abortion is to stop the unwanted pregnancy from ever happening.
He also does a fair job of bringing to light abuses that our government is responsible for (which me it is our fault for allowing it.) America left our values in the dust as we prosecuted a first-strike war based on what is now obviously questionable intelligence information. Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney and Mr. Gonzalez twisted the rule of law to achieve their ends by any means and it hasn't helped solve the root cause of the problem.
But, Mr. Carter goes off the ranch on several occasions, blaming political problems entirely on the extreme right wing of the Republican Party while ignoring that the the seeds of the problems had been planted while his party was in power. For example, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the messed up government response was being planned for nearly a decade (while Mr. Clinton was in office) and was not detected by an intelligence community still populated by Mr. Clinton's appointees. His insistence that every problem can be solved by rational discussion and diplomacy has been unsuccessful for decades, and is one of the reasons his presidency belongs low on any ranked list.
I hope that Mr. Carter writes an update to this book to review our progress over the last 10 years. Our Endangered Values was published in 2005. Ten years later, many of the problems that began nearly 25 years ago under one Democrat, made worse by a Republican, have not been addressed by another Democrat. Guantanamo Bay is still holding prisoners. Mr. Obama avoids putting more possible terrorists into POW camps by using drones to kill them instead. African-American men are still going to jail at a disproportionate rate. And we're still all getting fat....more
A very good overview of President Wilson. Not a five star book; the text got a little dry sometimes. could have been 10% shorter and just as informatiA very good overview of President Wilson. Not a five star book; the text got a little dry sometimes. could have been 10% shorter and just as informative....more
This is a very disappointing book. Every sentence glosses over it's subject. Each paragraph could be half as long and twice as informative; some of thThis is a very disappointing book. Every sentence glosses over it's subject. Each paragraph could be half as long and twice as informative; some of those paragraphs fill a page.
The book relates events out of order, which might confuse some reading about Ike for the first time - AG Brownell resigned but a few pages later he gave the President official advice on civil rights problems. In 123 pages (including several that are blank) Paul Johnson said a single thing I did not know - Eisenhower felt that Marshall lost China. Really?...more
a concise introduction to how the Constitution influenced Mr. Lincoln's thinking as President and as Commander-in-Chief. Just a hint- those influencesa concise introduction to how the Constitution influenced Mr. Lincoln's thinking as President and as Commander-in-Chief. Just a hint- those influences were different as, I believe, the founders intended....more
This is another of the several excellent books that dismantle the "evidence" offered by those who consider the case closed. I do not know for certainThis is another of the several excellent books that dismantle the "evidence" offered by those who consider the case closed. I do not know for certain whether they did or didn't have children (I seriously doubt it but admit it is plausible.) But I am certain is that no intellectually honest person can review all the evidence objectively and declare that they are certain either. This collection of essays demonstrates that the available evidence is circumstantial at best, hearsay and gossip in most cases and often demonstably false....more