The presidency of James Earl Carter, Jr. /
Burton I. Kaufman.
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c1993.
ix, 245 p.
0700605738 (pbk. : alk. paper) : 070060572X (alk. paper) :
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Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c1993.
0700605738 (pbk. : alk. paper) : 070060572X (alk. paper) :
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-03-01:
As president, Jimmy Carter was ``long on good intentions but short on knowledge.'' The author of this superb book (history, Virginia Tech.) firmly grounds his research in the massive collections of the Carter Library in Atlanta. He demonstrates convincingly that while Jimmy Carter was certainly ``one of the nation's brightest chief executives,'' he failed to articulate ``an overarching purpose and direction for his administration.'' Though personally sympathetic toward Carter and his efforts in such fields as energy conservation, arms control, and the Mideast, Kaufman must conclude that ``his was a mediocre presidency and that much of the reason for this was his own doing.'' This reasoned and sprightly monograph will inform scholars and lay readers alike. Highly recommended.-- Thomas H. Appleton Jr., Kentucky Historical Soc., Frankfort (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1993-09:
Kaufman's work is a brief (214 pages) but well-researched and soundly analytical treatment of the Carter presidency. The author helpfully provides a summary evaluation of his subject at the beginning of the volume, relieving the reader of the subsequent work of inferring his intentions in later chapters. To Kaufman, the Carter presidency was "mediocre" because Carter himself failed to "establish the base of public support and political legitimacy" (p. 3) necessary to succeed in the presidency. The work discusses the Carter presidency chronologically, initially with separate chapters on foreign and domestic policy. If the chapters on domestic policy seem more analytically coherent, this is probably because of the dizzying array of foreign policy problems with which Carter concerned himself. Though events rarely helped Carter, Kaufman (history, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.) demonstrates how so often the president managed to make the worst of a bad situation, particularly during the disastrous years of 1979 and 1980. Faculty and students concerned with the Carter presidency must examine this volume. Strongly recommended for all academic libraries. S. E. Schier; Carleton College
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"There are lessons here for the present administration". -- Washington Post.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
What Makes Jimmy Run?p. 5
Transition and Honeymoonp. 19
Morality and Foreign Policyp. 37
The Dog Days of Summer and Fallp. 51
Can Carter Cope?p. 65
The Year of Negotiationsp. 83
War on Inflationp. 99
Crescent of Crisisp. 117
A Growing Sense of Crisisp. 133
Foreign Policy, Patriotism, and Politicsp. 151
Economic Pain and Politicsp. 167
Gloom and Doomp. 181
Defeatp. 197
Epiloguep. 211
Notesp. 215
Bibliographical Essayp. 229
Indexp. 239
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