Anti Americanism

Anti Americanism Revel probes the origins of the notion that America is the source of all evil imperialistic greedy ruthlessly competitive a hyperpower whose riches are acquired at the expense of the Third World

  • Title: Anti Americanism
  • Author: Jean-François Revel Diarmid Cammell
  • ISBN: 9781594030604
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Paperback
  • Revel probes the origins of the notion that America is the source of all evil imperialistic, greedy, ruthlessly competitive a hyperpower whose riches are acquired at the expense of the Third World.

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    • Kxv says:

      Un formidable puñetazo al insoportable antiamericanismo que destila Europa, a los mitos, las falsedades, las mentiras, los prejuicios. Revel en estado puro, un polemista sin parangón que desmonta una por una todas las estupideces que se dicen sobre EE.UU. y sus ciudadanos: los presidentes paletos, los incultos yanquis, amantes de las armas, la Biblia, el dólar, lo material, el capitalismo al cubo Al final no queda más remedio que convenir, con el autor, que toda la mala baba que destilamos c [...]

    • Ray says:

      I wouldn't recommend this book to any of my friends. I believe in our Country, and want our actions to be mostly right if not always right, and had hoped that I'd read good discussions with real detail in support of that. As the author suggests, any Nation which is always right is as mythical as one which is always wrong. Yet I found this pro-American Frenchman seemed to introduce a variety of expressions of anti-americanism from around the world, many of which I'd never heard before, and try to [...]

    • Felipe says:

      Is essential reading this book to understand the global incoherent arguments against the U.S.

    • Atul says:

      Excellent book. Revel does not portray America as a perfect nation -- in quite a few cases, he mentions aspects of the United States that he dislikes. Without fawning on the United States as a perfect country unworthy of any criticism, he explores and points out the hypocrisy and ludicrousness of the anti-American arguments floated primarily by the Europeans and Arabs.Some have mentioned his book was dry, but I personally found it very lively and interesting. Revel's brutally sarcastic and witty [...]

    • Chad says:

      Very dry, and seems almost like an outline or precursor to another work. Yet, I can't find much wrong with his analysis of global ideology - which is just now gaining traction a decade and a half later. This book was certainly ahead of its time.

    • Enzo Nicolini says:

      Provocador, y necesario, pero justificado con generalizaciones demasiado gruesas. Decepcionante.

    • Katie says:

      It's so interesting to hear a defense of the US from someone who's not in camp 'Merica. I also learned a lot about France. This has nothing to do with the book: I had serious insomnia the past few weeks, so I read this over the course of a few nights at 3 to 5 in the morning. Then I read it a second time, also at night, because I don't always retain much at that time of day. I might not have retained much the second time either.

    • Patrick says:

      Review:In 1972, Revel shocked the world with his best-selling book, Without Marx or Jesus, in which he defended America against global denunciation. Thirty years later, Revel is back with the same purpose. His latest book, a bestseller in France, comes at a crucial time. It seeks to explain the root cause of the world's and particularly Europe's obsession with hating America. He does not pretend that America is perfect. But he argues that the daily denunciations exceed the bounds of reasonable c [...]

    • The American Conservative says:

      'One whoops with delight to find, in the excellent Jean-François Revel, a Frenchman with the sense, understanding, and knowledge to defy Left Bank modishness and defend America with spirit against its dimwit foes. Many parts of this book are good for heart and soul alike, being brisk, merciless refutations of Euro-smugness about Kyoto, the death penalty, racialism, inequality, and the rest of the false claims of the new Europe to be morally and politically superior to the nation on the far side [...]

    • Sam Dembling says:

      Ravel uses two main approaches in his argument against Anti-Americanism. 1) Anecdote-based generalizations. He frequently uses examples of the behavior of one or two individuals to make generalizations about the entire group of which they are a part. From this logic, the majority of Muslims are not moderate (pp. 68-69); and most Japanese and Brazilians are guilty of hypocrisy, (pp. 81) and (pp. 174) respectively. 2) Comparing/contrasting U.S. policy with that of other countries without evaluatin [...]

    • Ryne says:

      I read this book back in high school, for a debate assignment. This book helped me to understand better how globalism affects the world economy, and why America gets such a bad rap for it. I think that Revel was biased just a little on the side of America--he's perhaps a little too apologetic--but overall I recall this as being a fair and balanced investigation into why some people in other countries hate America so much.One note: I think this book left out some historical factors that would hav [...]

    • John Wiswell says:

      Anti-Americanism is an excuse for people in other countries to ignore the evils their governments commit, a slightly more intellectual diversion than going to a blockbuster movie. This book makes the commonly overlooked case that any rich-world nation has a ridiculous amount of hipocrisy to its constitutition, focusing particularly on France's hipocritical behavior. The United States of America has done some terrible things since 9/11, but focusing hatred on them blinds people from improvement - [...]

    • Jon says:

      This is a great book. The title is rather misleading since it is more about why others are Anti-American when they clearly should not be. He makes a very logical argument to support his ideas and gives many demonstrations as to why he is correct. The only reason why he got 4 starts instead of 5 is that he used big words and mixed in lots of French words is his writing. It made it rather difficult to read sometimes. There were also a few parts where he started referencing complicated functions of [...]

    • Juan Pablo says:

      Revel hace un análisis completo del "antiamericanismo", llamando la atención sobre la hipocresía de los políticos europeos que critican a Estados Unidos, y la desinformación imperante en los medios de comunicación al hacer referencia a EEUU (lo que lógicamente se ve solucionado con innumerables prejuicios). Yo diría que este libro le va a gustar a cualquiera que quiera apartarse un poco de los lugares comunes de los propagandistas, y a analizar más friamente al país norteamericano, sin [...]

    • Skylar Burris says:

      I really expected a book in which a Frenchman rails against the anti-Americanism of Europeans to be entertaining. Alas, it was not. A slow read, stating the obvious: Americans are a diverse lot of people, and they usually don't fit the European stereotypes of them. America is a good country, as far as countries go, and a pretty swell place to live. It's not perfect, but, on average, it's far more a force for good than a force for evil in the world, and it hardly deserves to be so commonly revile [...]

    • Bruno Fraga says:

      The book is great , the subject is definetly pretty interesting and Revel's arguments are mostly undeniable, but, the book focus too much on France and French p.o.v the scope could be larger and there are so many issues that he could have written about this subject Anyway the book is a must-read for talking about something which happens all the time around us (non americans) , but we usually don't realize.

    • Mark says:

      Readability 7. Rating 7. Finally – a Frenchman I like! Revel pretty much goes off on France and Europe for their Anti-Americanism, which manifests as anti-democratic, anti-liberal, anti-globalization. He also highlights the internal inconsistencies that should be embarrassing to any sound thinker. In many places, I stopped and just thought to myself “that is exactly how I see it” but I had never been able to make clear to myself. Wonderful.

    • Marcio Atz says:

      Adorei o livro! perspicaz análise do espírito anti americano hipócrita que impregna a cultura européia, latino-americana e africana. A velha cultura de transferência de culpa e permanente justificação que. Um olhar crítico, revelador e que de fato deveria ser lido com mais frequência por jovens revolucionários sem causa e velhos que perderam sua bússola, ou nunca a encontraram

    • Jennifer says:

      Don't let the cover fool you, this book is actually the opposite of what you would think. It's pro-American, it seeks out why others in the world are anti-American, and why many of them have no ground for such views. (And it was written by a Frenchman!)

    • John says:

      An interesting attempt at an unusual topic, I didn't agree with many of the author's theories but I found the read to be interesting nevertheless that helped introduce another perspective to this phenomenon.

    • Brent Barnard says:

      Insightful. Not quite engaging enough for me to make it through (because of a lot of standard Conservative viewpoints I'm already familiar with), but still, overall, an interesting book.

    • Justin Gramm says:

      Regardless of whether you agree with the author or not, there's a lot of interesting perspective in this book that makes it worth reading.

    • Kathryn says:

      very biased.

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    • Aaron Schulze says:

      This really is a fun read. It is fascinating to see how the French elite and media see/portray American society, politics and foreign policy.

    • Michel Van Goethem says:

      La Obsession Antiamericana = Anti-American Obsession : Juiste analyse maar gedateerd - leest te veel als een krant van 2000.

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