Dear Diva:CARTER BOOK REVIEWS
I read the rejected review of Bush's book and knew I'd seen some really rude stuff about Jimmy Carter a couple of months ago on a review of one of his books. I checked back and this is what I found. I also looked up one of Hillary's books for fun. Looks like amazon.com's policy of not allowing "criticism of authors and their intentions" is limited to Republican authors. A former President and First Lady don't count.
AMAZON DEEMED "APPROPRIATE"
"weakness" "failure" "bitter" "petty" "moral cowardice"
A good man but a bad president, January 27, 2001
Reviewer: Ron Kozar from Dayton, OH USA
Jimmy Carter is like Herbert Hoover in more ways than one. Hoover's memoirs are among the most lucid and insightful that any president has ever written. So are Carter's. Hoover was one of the most intelligent presidents we've ever had. So was Carter. Hoover translated Christian charity into concrete action all his life. So has Carter. But Hoover's presidency was one of the century's worst. Regrettably, so was Carter's. The Camp David Accords and the Panama Canal Treaties were his only notable successes. These were grievously outweighed by his failures -- double-digit inflation, double-digit interest rates, the ill-considered "crisis of confidence" speech, the fall of Nicaragua to the Sandinistas, and the fall of Iran to medievalist radicals. On this last point, Carter's refusal to let the Shah come to the US to die was motivated by a desire not to offend the Islamic militants who hated him. (Don't take my word for it; read Carter's own explanation in "Keeping Faith.") For all Carter's moral courage, this episode is one of the most despicable examples of moral cowardice in the history of the presidency.
The message of American weakness was not lost on the rest of the world. Our allies in Europe, doubting America's commitment to them, proposed to base intermediate-range nuclear missiles on their own territory, which led to so much danger in ensuing years. The Soviets invaded Afghanistan. And the Iranians seized the US embassy and held the hostages for 444 days. That they were released at the very moment of Reagan's inauguration was no coincidence.
Carter's book is not very candid. It lays much heavier emphasis on the few successes than on the areas of weakness and failure, and has a flavor of rationalization and self-justification. And his discussion of his meetings with Reagan during the transition after the election of 1980 is bitter and petty. If he could rewrite his memoirs today, I suspect Carter would do it differently. His life since then has been so exemplary that he no longer needs to worry about history's judgment of his failed presidency. For that judgment will be eclipsed by history's judgment of him as a man.
"failed president" "failed policies" "self-righteous" "self-pitying"
Recollections from a failed President, September 7, 1999
Reviewer: A reader from Chicago, IL
HILARY CLINTON BOOK REVIEW
Jimmy Carter is a failed President, with failed policies, and it is sad to read a memoir justifying his failures. Mr. Carter gave us double digit inflation, unemployment, and interest rates, downgraded our military, and caused our allies and enemies to lose respect for us. His self-righteous, self-pitying prose is hard to read. All I can say is thank God for Ronald Reagan!
I guess personal attacks on President Carter are ok.
AMAZON DEEMED "APPROPRIATE"
Attacking author Hillary Clinton is ok, too.
RESEARCH FROM GINA ON CAMPAIGN MONEY
Give us a break, January 29, 2001
Reviewer: A reader from Memphis, Tennessee United States
The spin machine to reclaim Camelot for Clintonville is already at work. One suspects we can look forward to many such attempts to put a Kennedyesque sheen on a White House that even supporters agree was a cauldron of greed, power-grabbing and gropping. Like the Kennedy myth, we should resist being seduced and instead appreciate that such books are gratuitous attempts by the powerful to ensure their legacy, make more money and -- in Ms. Clinton's case -- keep her image in the public eye....In short, don't waste your time.
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