Thirteen Days in September

Thirteen Days in September A Dramatic, Illuminating Day By Day Account Of The 1978 Camp David Conference, When President Jimmy Carter Convinced Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin And Egyptian President Anwar Sadat To Sign A Peace Treaty The First Treaty In The Modern Middle East, And 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, Delving Deeply Into The Issues And Enmities Between The Two Nations, Explaining The Relevant Background To The Conflict And To All The Major Participants At The Conference, From The Three Heads Of State To Their Mostly Well Known Seconds Working Furiously Behind The Scenes What Emerges Is Not What We Ve Come To Think Of As An Unprecedented Yet Simple Peace Rather, Wright Reveals The Full Extent Of Carter S Persistence In Pushing Peace 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 Gripping Work Of History And Reportage That Provides An Inside View Of How Peace Is Made.

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 Egypt.Wright graduated from Woodrow Wilson High

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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Thirteen Days in September
  • Lawrence Wright
  • English
  • 22 April 2018
  • 9781780747712

10 thoughts on “Thirteen Days in September

  1. says:

    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 intimately 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 in 1978 to wage peace Chapter headings mark the thirteen days of talks, and within each day we are treated to the increasingly stuffy and claustrophobic 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 U.S National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski U.S Secretary of State Cyrus Vance American fir...

  2. says:

    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 as part of his justification, going as far as calling occupied areas by their Biblical name Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Boutros Boutros Ghali was and is a Christian who was married to a Jewish woman Osama el Baz had a Jewish girlfriend at the time and asked if a member of the Israeli team could bring a menorah from Israel for his girlfriend Sadat wanted peace In 1977, he made a speech saying he would go to Israel Begin then issued an invitation, not expecting Sadat to accept Sadat did accept and addressed the Israeli Knesset He was the first Arab leader to visit the state of Israel and in a sense the first Arab leader to accept Israel s existence This is where the peace process begins Egypt, the leader of the Arab world, meeting with the Israeli government Sadat was not altruistic in his actions He wanted a legacy of greatness...

  3. says:

    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 Quandt 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 equation Wri...

  4. says:

    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 David agreement s 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 constan...

  5. says:

    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 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 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...

  6. says:

    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 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 the 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 seri...

  7. says:

    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 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 hav...

  8. says:

    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 eac...

  9. says:

    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 weeks 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 going on at Camp David He does this with relative ease, using each person s history to help explain why certain th...

  10. says:

    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...

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