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After the 9-11 attack on the United States, the brief moment of global sympathy for America soon began giving way to blame. In France and other quarters of Europe, and elsewhere in the world, it was said that the Americans had brought this violence upon themselves. The United States was a "cowboy" nation disinclined to abide by the will of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions and bent on pursuing its objectives at any cost. It was the "hyperpower" whose corporations manipulated world markets and whose riches were acquired at the price of Third World impoverishment. No wonder it had been attacked! Angered by these assaults on a nation he knows and admires, the distinguished French intellectual Jean-Francois Revel has come to America's defense in Anti-Americanism, a biting and erudite book that, paradoxically, given his country's especially vehement attack on the U.S., spent several weeks last year at the top of France's best seller list.
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"Revel writes with a style at once informative and incisive." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Brett on 10-01-04

Required listening

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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5 out of 5 stars
By EJH on 07-21-04

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Anyone wanting to know what the Europeans really think of America and why should listen to this book. The book is also a warning to America not to go down the political and social road Europe has chosen.

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By Marcio Atz on 11-14-16

Excelent book on the roots of anti americanism

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.

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