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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Timely read on Muslim perception of the U.S .

This book I think is written primarily for Americans seeking a better understanding of the role of the US in the Middle East. She does this in a most effective way by writing about her own transformation and understanding of the Muslim world and why we have failed to understand it. Much of this is gleaned from the relationships she formed during her years living as a journalist in Istanbul as well as her travels in the region. This book challenged my own thinking and I feel gave me a better understanding of the history in this region and the US's role in complicating it. This has been one of my favorite books this year. Frankly I am at a loss to find other books on this region that are as moving as this one.
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- Alison

One of the most transformative books I have ever read!

This is an an amazing, eye-opening book. I will never think the same again about America's role in the world again.

5 Stars. Highly recommended!
--The Rev. Stephen York
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- Stephen York

Book Details

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