Lawrence Wright: Thirteen Days in September



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948 the Arabs lost the chance to create an entity for Palestine Through Bloody Seoul its policy of expulsion of the native population Israel destabilizedts neighbors and created a reservoir of future terrorists that was continually refreshed by new wars and population transfers In surely what Migritude is the mostntimately detailed report of the Carter Camp David Accords collected for public consumption Lawrence Wright gives us a look at the men who came to that place The Color Purple in 1978 to wage peace Chapter headings mark the thirteen days of talks and within each day we are treated to thencreasingly stuffy and claustrophobic Truth and Nothing But internal debates which contrasted with the comfortable and laid back atmosphere of the country playground As the chapters unfold so do brief histories and biographies of the men who played a role Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan Israeli Minister of Defence Ezer Weizman Prime Minister of Israel and leader of the minority coalition Likud Menachem Begin Egypt s deputy Prime Minister Hassan al Tohamy Egypt s new Foreign Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Kamel Egyptian President Anwar Sadat US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski US Secretary of State Cyrus Vance American first term President Jimmy Carter The men are merely men with all the ticks scars and faults of men Whats so breathtaking Negotiate the best deal is that the lives of so many depended on these men acting like statesmen By meeting at Camp David all three men were taking huge political risks for their own lives and careers One might argue that the risks never left the personal realm None of them really took risks with the nations they represented Carter continued to financially and politically support both countries Begin never changed his determination to settle confiscated lands and Egypt simply withdrew support for Palestinianst had previously protected Wright concentrates his focus on the Israeli and Egyptian delegations We get a look at Jimmy and Roslyn Carter their background and rise to prominence n Washington and Jimmy Carter s team of advisors but we get a detailed look at what was happening n the other camps as talks progressed through two weeks. Ll as exploring the scriptural narratives that continue to frame the conflict In addition to his n 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 s a riveting view of the making of this unexpected and so far unprecedented peace Wright exhibits the full exten.

In September We learn too of the wars fought n the name of legitimate rights which brought these men to Camp David There was a dangling thread that did not get resolved at Camp David though two of the three parties believed t had been resolved In the months after the agreement was signed that dangling thread became part of the noose which helped to hang the careers of Carter and Sadat Menachem Begin claimed he had not agreed to a settlement freeze while discussions with Palestinians continued but only for three months Without the side letter that Carter and Sadat believed Begin had promised to produce the concession was moot and not part of the original accordBegin returned to Israel triumphant only to lose his closest advisors to resignations for his continued unwillingness to honor the spirit of the agreement he d signed Sadat was murdered by his own people three years later Carter having spent so much time on the effort of achieving the peace had neglected his other duties and lost much support among his party and his electorateThis was a time One from None in Israeli Arab relations when any observer could not be blamed for feeling despair The Israelis were gloating and actingnvincible with America s money and support The Palestinians were further marginalized and weakened by their loss of Egyptian backing and lack of good leadership The conditions spelled out Im Afraid of Men in the agreement continue to hold but theres little sense of jubilation now This book must have been a difficult one to research and write which only manages to shine a light on Wright s achievement He captures the ups and downs of high stakes negotiation and gives us a feel for the real work Reforesting Faith involvedn the process There Peggy Deans Guide to Nature Drawing and Watercolor is little exhilaration here Mostly there was just terror and relief In a final note Wright tells the story of one of Begin s closest advisors Ezer Weizman who was known to be a raging hawkn when Foursome it came to protecting Israel with military One day his son was shot between the eyesn an engagement At that point Weizman began to see the futility of war Man seems determined to learn this lesson again and again and not soon enoug. T of Carter’s persistence Corduroys Garden in pushing an agreement forward the extraordinary wayn which the participants at the conference many of them lifelong enemies attained What Is the Story of Scooby-Doo? it and the profound difficultiesnherent My Father Left Me Ireland in the process andts outcome not the least of which has been the still unsettled struggle between the Israelis and the Palestinians In Thirteen Days n September Wright gives us a resonant work of history and reportage that provides both a timely revisiting of this mportant diplomatic triumph and an Stumbling Giants inside look at how peaces mad.

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After finishing Going Clear I was hungry for some Lawrence Wright and this book didn t disappoint His talent for depicting leaders Sabrina Corina in all the highs and lows of their humanitys pretty astounding Carter Begin and Sadat all come across as plagued by different personal neuroses driven by disparate hopes and Anabella Giggles All Night! (Annabella incapable of even agreeing on the same goals Still these three men managed toron out an admittedly flawed set of peace accords Patient Safety Ethics in less than two weeks against all odds and that remainsmpressive to this day Wright also does a great job of portraying how each man s deeply held religious convictions both hampered and helped these talks He s an Fat in the Fifties incredible journalist and he told this story so well 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 books an excellent entryway Kent Island into learning about the US snvolvement Brides, Mourners, Bacchae in Middle East politics Lawrence Wrights becoming a favorite of mine The book Born to Run is concise and really makes characters out of all the mennvolved After the Flood in the Camp David talks A detailed account of the Camp David peace summitn 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 ntentioned Carter the ntransigent 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 The Three Coffins (Dr. Gideon Fell, isolated from the Arab world how Begin subseuently blew the whole thing up through overreaching and how the summit s failure to address Palestinian self determination planted the seeds of Islamist extremism Yet Israel and Egypt have remained at peace since that time whichs not an Generic inconsiderable accomplishmentThis books well worth reading as was Wright s previous book on Scientology Going Clear It Campus Sexual Assault is striking thatn a region as Radical Pacifism in Modern America intimate as the Middle East culturalgnorance and political miscalculation have played such perverse roles By attacking the new country of Israel Bioinformatics Methods in 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 treatyn the modern Middle East one which endures to this day With his hallmark What Doesn't Kill Us: how freezing water, extreme altitude, and environmental conditioning will renew our lost evolutionary strength insightnto the forces at play The Impossible Climb in the Middle East and his acclaimed journalistic skill Lawrence Wright takes us through each of the thirteen days of the Camp David conferencelluminating the Magic in the Air issues that have made the problems of the region sontractable as we.

There is than one author with this nameLawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize winning American author screenwriter staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at the New York University School of Law He is a graduate of Tulane University and for two years taught at the American University in Cairo in EgyptWright graduated from Woodrow Wilson High