The Eagle's Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World

The Eagle s Shadow Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World The Eagle s Shadow Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World

  • Title: The Eagle's Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World
  • Author: Mark Hertsgaard
  • ISBN: 9780312422509
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Eagle s Shadow Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World

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    1. This book was required reading for me in a colloquium entitled "America's Role in the World." The course explored not only the idea of globalization but also the ways in which the United States is perceived versus how we, as American citizens, believe or want it to be viewed, making this an excellent choice of text.Hertsgaard approaches the topic as unbiasedly as I think he can as an American himself. His visits with individuals from around the world provide interesting and sometimes eye-opening [...]

    2. This book came out as a response to the events of September 11, 2001, and before the invasion of Iraq in 2003. It could just have well been written today, with some names and events added, as the issue of American "innocence" (my country, Australia, has its own version of public myth as denial) and bewilderment as to why others may not like them, or at least the actions of their government, a;though it's more than that.Hertsgaard succinctly and appropriately asks "why America fascinates and infu [...]

    3. Succinctly put, this book will provide an insight for readers to understand how Americans view themselves and others. Point to note as well, the author has a left wing tendency so expect more criticism than praises. Overall, a satisfactory piece of narration for a casual reader like me.

    4. The author does a good job in only 200 or so pages explaining his title. Though of course more detail in a book twice the size would've been better. He doesn't pull his punches when writing about the 'stolen' US election of 2000: the clear flaws in the process that were documented at the time in newspapers around the world yet, it seems, barely in the US. The flaws that lead many world-wide to believe that the wrong man was in the White House, that the democratic system had been blatantly ridicu [...]

    5. The title alone gave this book so much promise but proved to be evidence that you can't judge a book by it's cover. Hertsgaard spends roughly two pages each chapter detailing the perspectives of those he meets in his wordly travels and then proceeds to climb aboard a self-built soapbox aimed at disparaging American media, policy, and culture. If the folks he met in his travels were critical of America, I'd understand. This book, however, is nothing but a collection of personal gripes from an Ame [...]

    6. I liked this book because it was written in an engaging, almost conversational style, and it reiterated several of the issues I know to be troublesome in America, but had new nuggets of information in it, things that I was not aware of even though I consider myself informed about such issues as media consolidation and US foreign policy. The opinions expressed by foreigners were interesting to read about; it's great to have a perspective from outside ourselves.It was kind of cool to read this rig [...]

    7. This book defines some reasons why people in foreign countries bothadmire America and despise it sometimes concurrently. Our foreignpolicy is sometimes arrogant, cruel, and self serving, Our own civilliberties are being threatened and corporate "globalization" is causinga class division between the elite rich minority and the poor. We arenot using our democracy as was originally intended to effect changeand many of our leaders are entrenched bureaucrats elected and controlled by legal bribary. Y [...]

    8. This book was very interesting about how the World reacts to our Country, the United States after September 11, 2001. That author had travelled around the Globe and listened to the foreigners' perspective on the United States how they did like or didn't like it. Most foreigners love American pop culture but dislike its government, military and corporations. They knew that the US is most World's wealthiest and powerful nation around the Globe but it is being arrogant and bully towards other natio [...]

    9. The reason I loved this book so much is that it's short and easy to read for the audience that can most benefit from it: Americans. The author takes into consideration the short attention span and lacking vocabulary of most Americans and weaves in little-known facts about the U.S. He gives a glimpse into what America looks like to the rest of the world - a view most Americans don't see, since less than 25% of them even own a passport. I recommend this book to everyone I know!

    10. This book was written both before and after 9-11, so it starts out very diplomatic about the different views of America and Americans. It kind of rants at the end, about our inadequacies as a country, and the pain we were all feeling at the time - so it becomes unbalanced. Otherwise, a fascinating read.

    11. "Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World" is the subtitle, which probably explains everything. I first read it back in 2002 when it first came out (he began writing it in 2000), found it rather chilling, and hung onto it to read again in a few years. Eight years later, I was fascinated by how many of the things he wrote about turned out worse than he could have possibly imagined.

    12. This book was written pre-9/11 but I read it in the months following the events while I was living overseas. It is a fascinating first hand account of how people around the world view Americans. Make sure to read it with an open mind and refrain from jumping on the defensive. It's extremely enlightening.

    13. This book gives you something you don't always get in life--a glimpse at how the rest of the world perceives you. It makes you a better citizen to know the global perception of "America" and "Americans"

    14. Of the many sloppy books that were hurried off to press in the months following 9-11 as Americans attempted to make sense of what had happened, this is probably not the worst. One would do well to pick up a copy of Chalmers Johnson's Blowback instead.

    15. Very enlightening and easy to read. Should be required reading for all Americans as it dispels many myths presented by the American elite and media outlets.

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