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"What the heck are you up to, Mr. President?" : Jimmy Carter, America's "malaise," and the speech that should have changed the country

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  • ISBN: 1596915218 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9781596915213 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: p. cm.
  • Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury : New York, 2009.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: "What the heck are you up to, Mr. President?" -- Diagnosing the nation's heart of glass (April 1979) -- Making friends and enemies in a time of crisis (May 1979) -- "The worst of times" (June 1979) -- "One of my best" (July 1979) -- The speech becomes a "turning point" to the end (July 1979 to January 1981) -- Epilogue : In dreams there begin no responsibilities.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2009 June #1
    In 1979, the energy crisis had the U.S. in its ever-tightening grip. The country's dependence on foreign oil and Iran's decision to turn off the spigot led to long lines at the gas pumps, displays of public anger, and panic. The country's turmoil was reflected in President Carter's cabinet, as its members wrangled fiercely over what to do. Mattson, a professor of contemporary history, reveals the behind-the-scenes machinations at the White House that led to the unprecedented summit Carter held at Camp David with ordinary citizens and leaders. This summit would culminate in Carter's remarkable speech on America's crisis of confidence (dubbed the "malaise speech" by reporters), which Mattson feels has been unfairly dismissed as a failure. Mattson reveals how Carter's initial poll numbers actually rose directly after the speech. However, Mattson concludes that it was Carter's purging of certain cabinet members just days later that scuttled whatever goodwill the speech had achieved. Still, Mattson makes a cogent argument that the speech's words represented "some of the best that Carter offered the nation." Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Kevin Mattson is the Connor S tudy Professor of Contemporary History at Ohio University. He's the author of Rebels All!, When America Was Great, Upton Sinclair and the Other American Century, and Intellectuals in Action. He writes for the American Prospect, Dissent, the Nation, the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, and many others.

Subject: Carter, Jimmy 1924- Oratory
Carter, Jimmy 1924- Political and social views
Rhetoric Political aspects United States History 20th century
United States Politics and government 1977-1981
Energy policy United States History 20th century
Petroleum industry and trade Political aspects United States
National characteristics, American
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