'What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?': Jimmy Carter, America's 'Malaise,' and the Speech That Should Have Changed the Country

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Aug 3, 2010 - History - 288 pages

At a critical moment in Jimmy Carter's presidency, when morale was low and his ratings were even lower, Carter gave a speech that should have changed the country instead, it led to his downfall. Kevin Mattson takes us behind the scenes of the Carter White House in the weeks leading up to the fateful speech, and examines the moral crisis that ushered in a new, conservative America.


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Detailed account of one of the most controversial speeches ever given by a US president in modern times; the book covers the decision making and considerations made about giving the speech, Jimmy ... Read full review

"WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU UP TO, MR. PRESIDENT?": Jimmy Carter, America's "Malaise," and the Speech That Should Have Changed the Country

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Mattson (Contemporary History/Ohio Univ.; Rebels All!: A Short History of the Conservative Mind in Postwar America, 2008, etc.) presents a bright snapshot of a nation in flux.The election of squeaky ... Read full review



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Kevin Mattson is the Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History at Ohio University. He's the author of Rebels All!, When America Was Great, Upton Sinclair and the Other American Century, and Intellectuals in Action. He writes for the American Prospect, Dissent, the Nation, the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, and many others.

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