"President Carter"

President Jimmy Carter
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This passing reference to U.S. President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr. helps to place the abortive Cambodia march and Franz’s impending death several years after the deaths of Tomas and Tereza in a truck crash. That fatal accident occurred about 1975, and Carter was president 1977-1981. Vietnam invaded Cambodia in November 1978 to stop the Khmer Rouge genocide, so Franz must have participated in the march and gotten mugged in Bangkok in about 1979.