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"What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?"

Jimmy Carter, America's "malaise," And The Speech That Should Have Changed The Country

By Kevin Mattson, 1966-

In 1979, in an effort to right our national malaise, Jimmy Carter delivered a speech that risked his reputation and the future of the Democratic Party, changing the course of American politics for the next twenty-five years.

At a critical moment in Jimmy Carter’s presidency, he gave a speech that should have changed the country. Instead it led to his downfall and ushered in the rise of the conservative movement in America. In “What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?” Kevin Mattson gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the weeks leading up to Carter’s “malaise” speech, a period of great upheaval in the United States: the energy crisis had resulted in mile-long gas lines, inciting suburban riots and violence; the country’s morale was low and Carter’s ratings were even lower. The administration, wracked by its own crises, was in constant turmoil and conflict. What came of their great internal struggle, which Mattson conveys with the excitement of a political thriller, was a speech that deserves a place alongside L incoln’s Gettysburg Address or FDR’s First Inaugural. Prominent politicians on both sides of the aisle play important roles, including Carter, Vice President Walter Mondale, speechwriter Hendrik Hertzberg, Ronald Reagan, and Ted Kennedy. Like the best of narrative political writing, Mattson provides great insight into the workings of the Carter White House and the moral crisis that ushered in a new, conservative America.

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2009

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9781596915213


Format: Book
Author: Mattson, Kevin, 1966-
Title: "What the heck are you up to, Mr. President?" : Jimmy Carter, America's "malaise," and the speech that should have changed the country / Kevin Mattson.
Publisher Date: Bloomsbury : New York, 2009.
Subject: Carter, Jimmy, 1924- -- Political and social views. Carter, Jimmy, 1924- -- Oratory. Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century National characteristics, American Energy policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century. Petroleum industry and trade -- Political aspects -- United States United States -- Politics and government -- 1977-1981
Isbn: 9781596915213 (hardcover) 1596915218 (hardcover)
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Format: Book
Author: Mattson, Kevin, 1966-
Title: "What the heck are you up to, Mr. President?" : Jimmy Carter, America's "malaise," and the speech that should have changed the country / Kevin Mattson.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Publisher, Date: Bloomsbury : New York, 2009.
Description: 263 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Carter, Jimmy, 1924- -- Political and social views.
Subjects: Carter, Jimmy, 1924- -- Oratory.
Subjects: Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Subjects: National characteristics, American
Subjects: Energy policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Petroleum industry and trade -- Political aspects -- United States
Subjects: United States -- Politics and government -- 1977-1981
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: "What the heck are you up to, Mr. President?" -- Diagnosing a nation's heart of glass (April 1979) -- Making friends and enemies in a time of crisis (May 1979) -- "The worst of times" (June 1979) -- "One of my best" (July 1979) -- The speech becomes a "turning point" (July 1979-January 1981) -- Epilogue : In dreams there begin no responsibilities -- Appendix: The speech "A crisis of confidence" (July 15, 1979).
LCCN: 2008054505
ISBN: 9781596915213 (hardcover)
ISBN: 1596915218 (hardcover)
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Call Number: 973.926092 Mat