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This was a fantastic book and has become my favorite in its category. Ann Coulter wishes she could write a book this powerful. It is done in an even handed presentation of European positions that fanatically attack the USA unfairly. Like most books, I'm sure there are generalizations to help make certain points, but there are so many anti-US contradictions presented that you just have to shake your head at the ignorance and blindness of the European media and leadership. There is a lot of truth in this book that hits you right in the face. Quite entertaining, although the generous vocabulary used in a concise format makes the audible version hard to grasp at times. I found myself rewinding many times because the pace of the information was at times too rapid to savor some of the stinging truths.
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I loved this book, surpisingly coming from a French author. You wonder how such an independant view could flourish amidst the media landscape portrayed by the author. This certainly won't be the no brainer best seller like those written by Michael Moore.
I am not familiar with French media, but the dutch media are not very different from the sound of it. Allthough the content of this book wont be the stuff europeans typically stomach from our media, the style is very european, with lots of irony and cynisism. On a dry tone all usual cliches about the US are being ridiculed coming from europeans. Most cliches about the US (racial gettos with gun rich youth, tax climate that only benefit the wealthy, foreign policy that is directed to serving big industry interests abroad) are compared to French gettos, tax climate and foreign policy). Lot's of intellectual ammunition in here.
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Oftenly you hear or read people of opinion expressing themselves throughout Europe, Latin America and Middle East with heavy doses of anti liberalism (as of market ideas), anti capitalism, subtly atacking individualism, and all of the fundamentals that has brought the western world to where it stands, spilling it back to the eastern borders promoting change and progress throughout Asia after mid XX century. You stop and quetion yourself where this thinking comes from? The book does not provide full answers to this as there are multiple ones, but it throughs light over the European thinking and opinion regarding America and all what it has represented to the western world. This thinking has been embedded in the intelectual world and has spread its influence around periferic countries, shapping the premises that can be seen throughout the progressive opinion in most universities, NGO, as well as global institutions such as EU, different agencies of UN. Revel helps to understand how it was shapped during XX century Europe and why it has influenced so much the western world.