Summary of Our Endangered Values

America's Moral Crisis

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Our Endangered Values book summary
After all this time, former President Jimmy Carter still sees malaise in the U.S., but remains optimistic and instructive.


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In this book, Nobelist and former President Jimmy Carter asserts that Christian fundamentalists have taken control of the American government. Although he is a devout Christian himself, he outlines charges against fundamentalists and neoconservatives that reiterate many oft-aired criticisms of the current administration. He also decries fundamentalist control of the Southern Baptist denomination, which may be of less interest to business readers. However, one need not agree with Carter to be drawn by his political philosophy and sincerity, nor disagree to be bruised by his self-righteous tone. This is more sermon than essay, for it has a pronounced religious focus, but getAbstract finds that it provides a heartfelt portrait of the value judgments of a historic figure who never hesitated to provoke debate. Readers seeking a liberal focus on issues about which conservatives and liberals disagree will find this to be a passionate touchstone, as will those alarmed by what they perceive as manifestations of fundamentalism in U.S. public policy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why former U.S. President Jimmy Carter believes that his administration had merit;
  • Why he wishes his church would return to the values it espoused in his boyhood; and
  • Why he thinks fundamentalists in politics and religion are bad for the U.S. and the world.


Sharpening Divisions
The lines between the major U.S. political parties have grown sharper and more difficult to bridge. When President Jimmy Carter was in office, Congress split over issues; now its divisions follow party lines. Republicans overwhelmingly prefer military action to diplomacy...
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About the Author

Jimmy Carter was the United States’ 39th president and is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. His previous books include Leading a Worthy Life and An Hour Before Daylight.

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