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'What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr.…

'What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?': Jimmy Carter,… (2009)

by Kevin Mattson

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Detailed account of one of the most controversial speeches ever given by a US president in modern times; the book covers the decision making and considerations made about giving the speech, Jimmy Carter's personal opinions about it, the initial praise the public gave it, and the subsequent and swift fall out that arose shortly after it was delivered. ( )
  timmydc | Oct 26, 2014 |
A compact, informative book on the behind-the-scenes political dealings and larger cultural events that helped doom Carter's presidency. ( )
  zachwiejas | Jun 2, 2010 |
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In his new book..., Kevin Mattson... lays out the events of that summer like a big, rolling banquet. This isn’t a high-end meal — Mr. Mattson’s prose would not warrant even one star on Michelin’s scale — but it is surprisingly tasty, if only because the historical ingredients are fascinating and first-rate.
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An assessment of the events that led up to Jimmy Carter's infamous 1979 "malaise" speech places it against a backdrop of such events as the gas crisis and the Iran-hostage situation while explaining that the speech had far greater relevance than its reception reflected.… (more)

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