Notes on a Foreign Country

  • by Suzy Hansen
  • Narrated by Kirsten Potter
  • 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the wake of the September 11 attacks and the US-led invasion of Iraq, Suzy Hansen, who grew up in an insular conservative town in New Jersey, was enjoying early success as a journalist for a high-profile New York newspaper. Increasingly, though, the disconnect between the chaos of world events and the response at home took on pressing urgency for her. Seeking to understand the Muslim world that had been reduced to scaremongering headlines, she moved to Istanbul. Hansen arrived in Istanbul with romantic ideas about a mythical city perched between East and West, and with a naïve sense of the Islamic world beyond. Over the course of her many years of living in Turkey and traveling in Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Iran, she learned a great deal about these countries and their cultures and histories and politics. But the greatest, most unsettling surprise would be what she learned about her own country - and herself, an American abroad in the era of American decline. It would take leaving her home to discover what she came to think of as the two Americas: the country and its people, and the experience of American power around the world.


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Perspectives on how the world sees us

and how we see ourselves as Americans We are no longer a superpower in the world
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A View from Outside

An interesting and necessary take on America that should be required reading for a!l of us. Whether you agree or not with the outsider view of our country, you should ,at least, grow to understand why many foreigners feel the way they do about the United States and much of our mythic ' history'.
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- Dan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-15-2017
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books