Thirteen Days in September Carter Begin and Sadat at Camp David ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR A gripping day by day account of the Camp David conference when President Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem

  • Title: Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David
  • Author: Lawrence Wright
  • ISBN: 9780804170024
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Paperback
  • ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR A gripping 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 forcesONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARA gripping 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 well 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 extent 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 gives 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 made.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. ”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 create an entity for Palestine. Through its policy of expulsion of the native population, Israel destabilized its neighbors and created a reservoir of future terrorists that was continually refreshed by new wars and population transfers.”In surely what is the most intimat [...]

    2. I listened to Thirteen Days as an unabridged audiobook this last week and will share my thoughts about it. I am old enough to remember the Camp David Summit from the news and the excitement that peace in the Middle East would bring. It was reported to be the biggest peace treaty since World War II. I also remember it was very much about religion as it was about nations. Interestingly religion was a much bigger concern for the Israelis than it was for the Egyptians. Begin used the old testament a [...]

    3. 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, pove [...]

    4. 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 then getting taught why these accords were important. As with so many things in history, the Camp Da [...]

    5. A detailed account of the Camp David peace summit in 1978 between Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Israel's Menachem Begin, refereed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.Wright draws vivid portraits of the principals: the logical, well-intentioned Carter, the intransigent Begin, and the more moderate and accommodating Sadat.Reading 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 subsequently blew the wh [...]

    6. 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 subject 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-Qaeda, "The Looming Tower." His current book did not disappoint. Not only does [...]

    7. In the hands of a good author, history can be absolutely gripping. 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 great deal of background information about so many of the people involved to greater 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 things I came away with is that every side - the Br [...]

    8. 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 clear what each individual, as well as each country had to gain and lose by agreeing to undertake such a momentous task. I was awed by how intricate the nuances and wording of every li [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. لورانس رايت يا جماعة يعني مش عارف أقول ايه واللهاللي بيعمله لورانس رايت في طريقة سرده للتاريخ حاجة محصلتش قبل كدا الراجل مش بيألف تاريخ مثلا أو بيحاول يبقي مؤرخولكن بكل بساطة هو بيخليك عين تالته علي الحدثلو كنت قريت البروج المشيدة: القاعدة والطريق إلى 11 سبتمبرهتبقي فاهم كوي [...]

    11. “Thirteen Days in September” by Lawrence Wright was a page turner…the narrative brought to light the tension in the Camp David Peace Accords. I ended up stuck between four stars and five for this work…I had given his other work – The Looming Tower – five stars and in the end do the same here. Wright is masterful in how he breathes life into historical events and he doesn’t disappoint here. What brought me from 4+ to 5 is consideration for how little Wright had to work with in devel [...]

    12. The prevailing viewpoint among Millennials is that Jimmy Carter was a lackluster president but has had an extraordinary impact on the world since he left office. He is now universally admired for his efforts on behalf of human rights, particularly women's rights as of late.The former part of that--the lackluster presidency--is so ingrained in me based on everything I've seen about Carter that whenever I read something positive about this time in office, I am overcome by skepticism. When "Argo" w [...]

    13. This is an exceptional account of the Camp David treaty. Not only does it take you through the relevant conversations of each day, but the author throws in appropriate history of both the leaders and the nations to provide insight into why they behaved as they did. While the information is dense, the writing style makes these knotty issues digestible. Often I found myself turning to maps of the region in order to get a clearer picture of the land in question-and any book that leads to me doing o [...]

    14. Very detailed but also very readable account of the thirteen days of negotiations that led to the Camp David peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Background on the history of the conflict is interspersed with the details of the negotiations. Also lots of insight into the very different personalities and leadership styles of Sadat, Begin, and Carter who, despite all odds, forged a peace treaty that, while certainly not perfect, has resulted in over 35 years of peace between Israel and Egypt. I [...]

    15. Lawrence Wright never disappoints. Engaging read of an incredibly important diplomatic event that changed the course of Middle East history. I appreciated the way he wove in many other pivotal historical events as well. As someone who has studied this issue extensively, I still learned a great deal.

    16. This is a well-researched account of the Camp David accords that established a limited but lasting peace between Egypt and Israel. Wright studied the biographies of all three leaders who were involved in the talks as well as the history that brought Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin, and President Jimmy Carter to the Maryland woods for nearly two weeks of tense negotiation. The personalities of all three men affected the outcome in both positive and negative ways and Wright's assessments of their stre [...]

    17. Fantastic book on the Camp David Accords. It offers not just the facts of what happened over the thirteen days Menanchem Begin, Anwar Sadat, and Jimmy Carter were cloistered at Camp David to try to hammer out peace between Egypt and Israel, but it also offers the background of the men involved. It helps understand the why of the Accords by understanding the why of the men involved.It's engrossing, infuriating, and a great introduction to the complexity of the Middle East conflict, including the [...]

    18. With the world in such a mess today it is refreshing to read of a time that the impossible managed to happen. In 1977 President Jimmy Carter saw an opportunity to fulfill his religious destiny by bringing peace to the Holy Land. Rosalynn Carter was the one to suggested using Camp David as an ideal location for a summit. The talks started on September 5 1978.Carter had his hands full. Israeli Prime Minister Meacham Begin never loosened his tier, nor did his mind stray from the horror of the Holoc [...]

    19. Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David is a really well written and exciting account of the thirteen days these three leaders spent at Camp David hammering out one of the most significant agreements in human history – the Camp David Accords. The description of the personalities of the three men was the most fascinating part of the story, most particularly how their backgrounds motivated them and informed the way the approached these negotiations. It really brought i [...]

    20. Worth the time!It helped that I had read a few books about a few of the main characters (Moshe Dayan, Jimmy Carter, Anwar Sadat), and knew a bit of their histories and personalities. Definitely not required to enjoy the book, however.The author's main story line may have been interesting all by itself but was certainly made even better by the frequent injection of historical details to supplement the particular topic the leaders were covering at Camp David. For example, as subjects such as Gaza [...]

    21. A more unlikely mix of personalities - Jimmy Carter, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin - would be hard to imagine. To then additionally consider having these three leaders fashion a lasting peace settlement for the Middle East would normally conjure up visions of fantasy. Yet that is what happened in 1978, and Lawrence Wright has given us a brilliant account of the never ending tragedy and unrequited dream of peace for the world's most troubled geography. He focuses on the three leaders - their con [...]

    22. The fact that I read 300 pages on the Camp David Accords mean I'm beyond a dork, and this was really good."The unresolved issues of Camp David have not gone away, but the success of the summit is measured by its durability. Since the signing of the treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979, there hasn't been a single violation of the agreement. It's impossible to calculate the value of peace until war brings it to an end"Tangent: Wright uses biblical stories (The Exodus, Battle of Jericho, etc) as [...]

    23. (Bookclub) This book was more interesting than I thought it would be. In the beginning, the author does a quick recap of the history of the area before the talks begin. I was a little worried that the material would continue to be dry. Suprisingly, when the negotiations started, he spent a lot of time filling in the background of each player by recapping their life experiences that would sway the way they thought and negotiated for what was important for them. It gave a lot of insight into each [...]

    24. Disappointing, but perhaps this says more about my expectations than about the book itself. Lawrence Wright wrote an excellent book about the pre-history to the attacks on September 11. This book isn't half as good. It's probably too lengthy, seems to plod along and seems to miss a lot of important regional context. I imagine the play he originally wrote (this book is based on the research he conducted while writing it) is probably entertaining as a study of character, but this reimagination of [...]

    25. I didn't expect this to be so compelling, but the day-by-day account of the peace talks is harrowing--they could have blown up at any minute up to the very end--intense, and insightful. Vivid character profiles of major and secondary characters; rich details of the countries and their people, religions, relationships; a polished, meticulously researched, authoritative account. My friend Katherine Johnson says it best in her description of the book in Ebsco's NoveList: "vidly dramatizes and human [...]

    26. While I wish this had footnotes, this is a masterful reconstruction of the Camp David meeting, with a useful 20th century review of middle eastern history, religious background and the political and personal baggage each participant (and their entourages) brought to the negotiating table. Of particular interest is the mechanics of diplomacy--what do you feed everyone, how do spouses affect the proceedings, what do you do when someone has a bicycle accident, what movies do you show?

    27. Certainly a story well worth knowing and good background for some of the reason things are the way they are today. Thought the jumping back and forth from the pre-history of the summit to the summit was a bit distracting and would have worked better in a movie than a book about the subject.Have read a couple other of Wright's books and they were hard to put down, this is not in that same category, but still worth reading.

    28. Mostly engrossing, fast-paced historical drama from our best nonfiction writer. An hour-by-hour account of the Camp David talks. Delves deep into Carter, Sadat & Begin with interludes on everything from Israel’s founding to Moses parting the Red Sea. It doesn’t hit the heights of Wright’s masterpieces, Looming Tower & Going Clear. Sometimes feels cluttered & wonkish. Mideast-lite perhaps, but still a page-turner.

    29. A meticulously researched book by history writer Lawrence Wright ( who won the 2007 Pulitzer prize for his The Looming Tower ). Gives a day by day account of the proceedings at Camp David which finally resulted in a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Concluding my review with the last line of this book 'it's impossible to calculate the value of peace until war brings it to an end' .

    30. A great account of the Camp David Accords. Not only is it a page turner of a story, but the background and analysis is a layman's primer on the issues of the modern Middle East. The clear unadorned style, plus dazzling research and storytelling skills are Larry Wright's trademarks.

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