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What They Think of Us:
International Perceptions of the United States since 9/11
Edited by David Farber

Hardcover | 2007 | $38.95 | £32.95 | ISBN: 9780691130255
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It has never been more important for Americans to understand why the world both hates and loves the United States. In What They Think of Us, a remarkable group of writers from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Latin America describes the world's profoundly ambivalent attitudes toward the United States--before and since 9/11.

While many people around the world continue to see the United States as a model despite the Iraq war and the war on terror, the U.S. response to 9/11 has undoubtedly intensified global anti-Americanism. What They Think of Us reveals that substantial goodwill toward America still exists, but that this sympathy is in peril--and that there is an immense gap between how Americans view their country and how it is viewed abroad.

Drawing on broad research and personal experience while avoiding anecdotalism and polemics, the writers gathered here combine political, cultural, and historical analysis to explain how people in different parts of the world see the United States. They show that not all anti-Americanism can be blamed on U.S. foreign policy. America is disliked not just for what it does but also for what it is, and perceptions of both are profoundly shaped--and sometimes warped--by the domestic realities of the countries where anti-Americanism thrives. In addition to analyzing America's battered global reputation, these writers propose ways the United States and other countries can build better relations through greater understanding and respect.


"Each [essay] is thoughtful, and consciously and unconsciously revealing."--Greg Sheridan, The Australian

"Seven fine essays may shock Americans on the depth of estrangement of Iraqis, Indonesians, Turks, Chinese, Russians, Latin Americans, and Europeans from U.S. policy. Not focusing on survey research, the writers, academics from various nations, mostly cite intellectuals to explain the setting and ideology of anti-Americanism.....This short book could be useful in certain courses but especially worthwhile for the next administration. Washington has been largely oblivious to this deep estrangement, which now severely limits US foreign policy."--M.G. Roskin, Choice


"These essays highlight what we have long observed from our international polling, that people do not judge us by what we say about ourselves, but by how they perceive we are threatening them. What They Think of Us is a must-read book for Ms. Karen Hughes and Co."--James J. Zogby, founder and President of the Arab American Institute

"This is an important and timely book. To my knowledge there is no other book that does what this one does--collect commentaries on the United States written by foreigners. It is terrifically fresh in its approach and a valuable addition to writing about the post-9/11 world."--Mark Lawrence, University of Texas, Austin

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Table of Contents:

Contributors vii
Preface by David Farber xi
Iraqis' Bleak Views of the United States by Ibrahim Al-Marashi and Abdul Hadi al-Khalili 1
Beyond the Stained Glass Window: Indonesian Perceptions of the United States and the War on Terror by Melani Budianta 27
Turkish Perceptions of the United States by Nur Bilge Criss 49
Beautiful Imperialist or Warmongering Hegemon: Contemporary Chinese Views of the United States by Yufan Hao and Lin Su 74
From the Cold War to a Lukewarm Peace: Russian Views of September 11 and Beyond by Eric Shiraev and Olga Makhovskaya 95
Nuestro Once de Septiembre: The Kingdom of the Comma by Fernando Escalante-Gonzalbo and Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo 125
The Twilight of American Cultural Hegemony: A Historical Perspective on Western Europe's Distancing from America by Federico Romero 153
Index 177

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