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The Foreign Policy of the Carter Administration
“Well-researched, clearly written, and persuasive in its judicious conclusions. [This] book should become the standard source for the foreign affairs record of this presidency. A stimulating and thoughtful review of the world in the Carter years and how the United States endeavored to come to terms with the changes that accelerated during the president’s four years in office.”—Lewis Gould, University of Texas, Austin
“Kaufman’s historical treatment of Carter’s foreign policy experience is professional, fair, and balanced. The coverage is comprehensive.”—David Skidmore, Drake University
During the past decade, the literature on the Carter administration’s foreign policy has grown rapidly, due largely to both the release of new materials at the presidential library and the attention Jimmy Carter has received since leaving the White House. While previous monographs have focused on specific foreign policy issues, Scott Kaufman breaks away from the mold and offers this up-to-date, comprehensive look at Carter’s aggregate foreign policy record. Although many Americans regard Jimmy Carter as the nation’s greatest ex-president, Kaufman argues that the diplomatic performance of the thirty-ninth president was mediocre, primarily because of Carter’s own doing.
(2008) 308 pp., 14 illus.
Scott Kaufman, Associate Professor of History at Francis Marion University, has authored four books and co-authored with his father, Burton Kaufman, the second edition of The Presidency of James Earl Carter, Jr.
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