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It is striking that in a region as intimate as the Middle East cultural ignorance and political miscalculation have played such perverse roles By attacking the new country of Israel in 1948 the Arabs lost the chance to crea On November 19 1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat made a momentous journey when he visited Jerusalem First it led to the Camp David Agreement between Egypt and Israel effectively removing Israel s strongest enemy from the battlefield Second it cost the Egyptian leader his life as he was assassinated by Islamic extremists on October 6 1981 Sadat s removal from the diplomatic scene was a blow to the peace process from that point on Motivated by the needs of the Egyptian economy poverty and the condition of his military Sadat known for bold moves sought peace as a solution to his nation s ills Because he chose peace at Camp David it precluded another round of war between Egypt Syria and Israel Not since William B uandt s CAMP DAVID PEACEMAKING AND POLITICS has the reading public been exposed to what happened over the two week period in the fall of 1978 when an Arab country finally made peace with Israel Lawrence Wright a Pulitzer prize winning author for his work the LOOMING TOWER has just completed THIRTEEN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER CARTER BEGIN AND SADAT AT CAMP DAVID a work of historical synthesis that tries to explain the origins and course of the Arab Israeli conflict and how the Camp David Accords fit into the diplomatic euation Wright is a marvelous purveyor of narrative history He has an excellent knack for integrating past history be it dealing with Biblical myths or recent political and military conflicts into his narrative The book is uite readable and he tries to untangle the web of inconclusive negotiations and wars between Israel and the Arab states dating back to World War II In so doing he explores the Camp David process on a daily basis examining the personalities involved the political landscape that each participant risked the diplomatic minutia that Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat engaged in and the effect that failure or success might have on the summits resultsThe book ostensibly is the story of three flawed men who came together at the 140 acre presidential retreat that lies inside Maryland s heavily wooded Catoctin Mountain Park sixty miles north of the White House Jimmy Carter was fueled by his religious belief that God had put him in office in part to bring peace to the Holy Land and unlike previous American presidents he was willing to risk the prestige of his office to pursue his oal 285 Carter had been warned by his former campaign manager Hamilton Jordan of the domestic political conseuences particularly among American Jews should it be perceived that he pressured Israel into making a settlement but Carter was determined to make the effort Anwar Sadat realized how weak Egypt was becoming due to the state of their economy and his The Nine of Us goal was to try and supplant Israel as America s best friend in the region Peace was a highly desirable outcome as it would bring with it American economic assistance and European investment but importantly if the summit failed because of Israeli intransigence it would boost Egypt s standing with the United States Begin agreed to attend believing it was a necessity because of Carter s personal invitation He believed it would only last a few days and that nothing of substance would be accomplished other than the promise of future talks Begin s mainoal was to avoid being blamed for the summits failure but as Wright accurately describes the only way that could be achieved was making sure it succeededWright does an exceptional job locating information that was heretofore not commonly known An interesting example is the CIA s profiles of Begin and Sadat that were reuested by Carter as he prepared for the summit Based on Wright s narrative of the tense and at times vitriolic negotiations the CIA s analysis of each was uite accurate Sadat saw himself as a rand strategic thinker blazing like a comet through the skies The CIA noted his penchant for publicity terming it the Barbara Walters Syndrome by the time the summit began it was upgraded to Sadat s Noble Peace Prize Complex Begin was seen as secretive legalistic and leery of radical change History for Begin was a box full of tragedy one shouldn t expect to open it without remorse 9 When under pressure Sadat resorted to eneralities Begin to minutiae creating a situation Carter did not anticipate Carter had hoped to avoid interjecting an American proposal to discussions and allow Begin and Sadat to talk face to face expecting they would reach an agreement with American nudging This strategy was a failure as Carter could not leave them alone in the same room What became clear by the sixth day of the conference was that the Begin Sadat relationship was at best prickly and their interchanges were overly charged in dealing with things like who won the 1973 War and the amount of oil Israel was pumping from the Sinai If they argued bitterly over minor issues what would happen when territorial problems were discussed the status of Jerusalem and the Palestinian problem As Ezer Weitzmann the Israeli Minister of Defense has related Anyone observing the two men could not have overlooked their profound divergence in their attitudes Both desired peace But whereas Sadat wanted to take it by stormBegin preferred to creep forward inch by inch He took the dream of peace and round it into the fine dry powder of details legal clauses and uotes from international law 98 #After Taking His Guests For #taking his uests for to the Gettysburg National
Carter shifted approach from a facilitator to a in conducting the talks This change along with Carter s doggedness and commitment are in large part responsible for the final success of the summitWright provides the reader with brie. A ripping day by day account of the 1978 Camp David conference when President Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first peace treaty in the modern Middle East one which endures to this day With his hallmark insight into the forces at play in the Middle East and his acclaimed journalistic skill Lawrence Wright takes us through each of the thirteen days of the Camp David conference illuminating the issues that have made the problems of the region so intractable as we. .battlefield carter shifted
Lawrence Wright ´ 5 reviewWeeks at Camp David the epilogue is what happened following the signing of the accords and each chapter in between represents one of the thirteen days He continually moves back and forth between mini biographies of many of the major players involved Sadat Carter Menachem Begin and the many aides and ministers on all sides and what is oing on at Camp David He does this with relative ease using each person s history to help explain why certain things were occurring One example is his review of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan Wright details his military background the loss of his left eye in Syria and the many campaigns that he presided over Wright uses this information to then help the reader better understand Dayan s behavior and motivations Of critical importance during these talks was the role of Carter Wright skillfully explains how it evolved from one of mere host where Carter was just hoping that by The Barracks Thief and Selected Stories getting Begin and Sadat together at a remote cabin location the two men would sit down and iron out many of their respective differences to that of an active and forceful negotiator where Carter had to use all of his personal prestige as President and put it on the line as well as developing a specifically American proposal Wright shows Carter s strengths and weaknesses eually but ultimatelyives him major credit for being willing to put his political career on the line in the way that almost no politician let alone a sitting president does Had the negotiations ended badly and for most of the thirteen days that seemed like the likely result Carter knew that he for sure would be weakened during his remaining time in office that the US would lose credibility on the world stage and that he surely would not be re elected which he wasn t despite this achievement It is difficult to imagine many other presidents 1 being willing to sacrifice himself for the chance for peace between two countries on the other side of the Becca and the Prisoners Cross (The Copernicus Legacy globe and 2 being familiar enough with the issues to hold his own in the intricate discussions At the same time Wright shows that Carter badly miscalculated in thinking that just by bringing Sadat and Begin together that things would work out If there is a villain here it is Begin His intransigence alm My new favorite nonfiction subgenre is Stuff That Happened When I Was Alive But Not Old Enough to Understand It is necessarily a very specific topic area of interest to a very specific audience While I don t exactly remember these thirteen days I remember the peace agreements signing ceremony and wondering why it was such a big deal Of course I have spent seemingly every other day since thenetting taught why these accords were important As with so many things in history the Camp David agreements were both an astounding success and abject failure They succeeded in brokering a peace between Israel and Egypt but left the issue of a homeland for Palestinians aside And as is often the case when history is examined through the lives of the real humans who made it one is constantly reminded that so much depends on who is at the table and what the have experienced as well as who is staffing the table and what brilliant ideas they come up with in the hallway A detailed account of the Camp David peace summit in 1978 between Egypt s Anwar Sadat and Israel s Menachem Begin refereed by US President Jimmy CarterWright draws vivid portraits of the principals the logical well intentioned Carter the intransigent Begin and the moderate and accommodating SadatReading this book the reader will come to understand what worked and what didn t of the Treaties How Egypt #was temporarily isolated from the Arab world how Begin subseuently blew the #temporarily isolated from the Arab world how Begin subseuently blew the thing up through overreaching and how the summit s
to address self determination planted the seeds of Islamist extremism Yet Israel and Egypt have remained at peace since that time which is not an inconsiderable accomplishmentThis book is well worth reading as was Wright s previous book on Scientology Going Clear In the hands of a The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, good author history can be absolutelyripping I was as enthralled with this book as any fictional thriller I learned a LOT and not just about the Camp David accord The author included a Dare Mighty Things great deal of background information about so many of the people involved toreater and lesser degrees in this historic meeting The middle east is such a complicated place and this book helped straighten much of it out for me One of the place and this book helped straighten much of it out for me One of the I came away with is that every side the British the French the Americans the Israelis the Palestinians the Arabs all have made mistakes choosing at critical moments to escalate hostilities instead of looking to the future and looking for other options And at the same time I also feel that there have been individuals who have tried against all odds and pressure to move in the right direction A fascinating and in depth account of the thirteen days spent at Camp David Maryland in 1978 where US President Jimmy Carter arranged and brokered a Peace accord between Egypt and Israel Lawrence Wright did a phenomenal job researching and providing background information on all the key players He made it very After finishing Going Clear I was hungry for some Lawrence Wright and this book didn t disappoint His talent for depicting leaders in all the highs and lows of their humanity is pretty astounding Carter Begin and Sadat all come across as plagued by different personal neuroses driven by disparate hopes and incapable of even agreeing on the same The Texas Rangers Heiress Wife goals Still these three men managed to iron out an admittedly flawed set of peace accords in less than two weeks against all odds and that remains impressive to this day Wright also does areat job of portraying how each man s deeply held religious convictions both hampered and helped these talks He s an incredible journalist and he told this story so well. T of Carter’s persistence in pushing an agreement forward the extraordinary way in which the participants at the conference many of them lifelong enemies attained it and the profound difficulties inherent in the process and its outcome not the least of which has been the still unsettled struggle between the Israelis and the Palestinians In Thirteen Days in September Wright ives us a resonant work of history and reportage that provides both a timely revisiting of this important diplomatic triumph and an inside look at how peace is mad. .failure to address
F biographies of each of the participants Based on Carter s engineering mindset and the skills he had developed over the years he was able to parse the language of written documents and make them mostly acceptable His religious background drove him until he could achieve his oals Begin was a prisoner of his past be it his imprisonment in Siberia the Holocaust fighting the British after World War II as the leader of the Irgun as all played into his narrow world view From childhood onward Sadat believed he was special and history had a place for him to accomplish Eternal Quest great things as he was open to all challenges whether allying with the Nazis during World War II his own imprisonment or unlikely political rise Wright separates his narrative by employing chapters for each day of the conference As he explains the daily events he integrates background history so the reader can understand the importance of each issue If the contemporary history is not enough Wright thenoes on to discuss the Biblical stories and explanations that pertain to each issue Wright also enjoys tackling different myths associated with the conflict ie he argues that Israel actually was not outnumbered by the Arab armies during the 1948 War he also argues that David Ben Gurion and the Haganah were involved with the bombing of the King David Hotel in 1947 killing 81 people and that Begin agreed to place the blame for the attack on the IrgunWright tells his story and makes his arguments in a very concise manner and the narrative is very readable and provides the basis for understanding a The Widows Little Secret great deal about issues that remain unresolved today If there are areas that Wright could improve upon I would suggest he integratereater use of primary sources into his work He relies overly on secondary sources I commend his command of these sources but at times he draws conclusions from the monographs he uses that are incorrect In discussing the Suez Crisis of 1956 he leaves out important points ie when Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal he makes it sound as if it came out of the blue and there is no mention of the fact that he was reacting to the withdrawal of the American loan to build the Aswan Dam Further I feel that at times the author Resurrection Year gets bogged down in his repeated rendering of Biblical stories I would rather have had him delve further into the negotiations and provide his analysis which was for the most part excellentOverall Wright s contribution to the literature of the Arab Israeli conflict is to be applauded The analysis he presents in his Epilogue is dead on as the summit papered over the Palestinian problem and it can be argued that this failure contributedreatly to recent events in Gaza What is also important as Wright points out is that Camp David took Egypt out of the euation and without a powerful Arab champion Palestine became a mascot for Islamists and radical factions who could only do further damage to the prospects of a peaceful and just response to the misery of an abandoned people 288 This relatively short well written book provides an excellent examination of the Camp David peace conference of 1978 which resulted in the first peace treaty between Israel and one of its Arab neighbors I was drawn to the book not #Only Because Of The #because of the matter but because its author Lawrence Wright wrote one of the best books that I have ever read the Pulitzer Prize winning examination of the history of al aeda The Looming Tower His current book did not disappoint Not only does it provide a day by day account of the events in Camp David but it ingeniously weaves into the narrative a history of Arab Israeli conflict up to that moment in time as well as the backgrounds of the key protagonists President Jimmy Carter Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat I had always envisioned Carter s role as that of Anwar Sadat I had always envisioned Carter s role as that of wise low key benevolent peace maker but this book shows him to have been very very tough when he needed to be which was every time that the talks were threatened with collapse which happened a number of times Carter was not afraid to use his power as President to threaten the other two leaders with serious repercussions if a framework for peace was not worked out And while the book points out the frailties of all of the individuals involved it lays the blame for the conference s failure to produce a comprehensive peace for the entire Middle East at the feet of Begin It praises him for having the courage to trade something tangible the land of the
Sinai Peninsula for something ephemeral peace but it also faults him for making virtually no effort to revolve thePeninsula for something ephemeral peace but it also faults him for making virtually no effort to revolve the problem which remains vexing almost forty years later In the end the book leaves one with a sense of the enormity of trying to arrive a comprehensive solution to the problems of the Middle East but also with a sense of hope about what imperfect human beings are able to accomplish I know very little about the Middle East and the origins of all the conflicts that plague the region I was curious and picked up The Looming Tower and this book as well This book is an excellent entryway into learning about the US s involvement in Middle East politics Lawrence Wright is becoming a favorite of mine The book is concise and really makes characters out of all the men involved in the Camp David talks Lawrence Wright masterfully reviews and analyzes in detail the days leading up to the Camp David Accords in September 1978 This momentous peace treaty between Egypt and Israel still stands mainly thanks to the flexibility and long term vision of Anwar Sadat and the incredible work ethic of Jimmy Carter Wright examines what all three sides brought to the table and takes a close look at the important personalities who helped shaped the accords Wright structures the book so that the prologue is the time period leading up to the beginning of the almost two. Ll as exploring the scriptural narratives that continue to frame the conflict In addition to his in depth accounts of the lives of the three leaders Wright draws vivid portraits of other fiery personalities who were present at Camp David––including Moshe Dayan Osama el Baz and Zbigniew Brzezinski––as they work furiously behind the scenes Wright also explores the significant role played by Rosalynn Carter What emerges is a riveting view of the making of this unexpected and so far unprecedented peace Wright exhibits the full exten.