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Anti-Americanism [Paperback]

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 25, 2004
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  159403060X  
EAN  9781594030604  

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Soon after the 9/11 attack on the United States, the early outpouring of sympathy from around the world began giving way to blame. In many quarters of Europe, especially France, and elsewhere in the world, it was said that the Americans must somehow have brought this violence upon themselves. The U.S. was a "cowboy" nation unwilling to abide by the will of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions, and bent on pursuing its objectives no matter what. Angered by the increasingly shrill polemics against a nation he knows and admires, the distinguished French writer Jean-Franois Revel has come to America's defense in Anti-Americanism, a biting and erudite book that spent several weeks late last year on top of the French best-seller list. Revel probes the origins of the notion that America is the source of all evil: imperialistic, greedy and ruthlessly competitive-the "hyperpower" whose riches are acquired at the price of Third World impoverishment. He shows how these charges ultimately stem from weakness and envy on the part of those who make them, and criticizes the legions of foreign propagandists and pseudo-intellectuals who make a living "bashing America." As far as America's "unilateralism" is concerned, Revel shows that the U.S. is forced to act alone because Europe has failed repeatedly to act in the cause of collective security. As far as America's sins of "globalization" are concerned, Revel shows that the developing countries of the world want more, not less access to rich markets and corporate investment. Much anti-Americansim, he believes, is simply anti-capitalism on the part of those-in Europe and the rest of the world-who are still committed to doctrines that are at heart illiberal and even totalitarian.

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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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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jean-Francois Revel, a member of the Academie Francaise, was born in 1924. He studied and taught philosophy but abandoned university teaching to concentrate on writing. He was editor for many years of the influential political weekly L'Express. His books, including the best-seller Without Marx or Jesus and How Democracies Perish, have gained worldwide recognition.
Matthieu Ricard lives in the Shechen Monastery in Nepal. Born in France in 1946, he received his doctorate in molecular biology from the Institut Pasteur in Paris. In 1972 he decided to forsake his scientific career to better concentrate on his Buddhist studies, which he had begun years earlier. He has published Journey to Enlightenment, a book of photographs about his teacher, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (one of the most eminent Tibetan masters of our times and a teacher to The Dalai Lama), as well as translations of many Buddhist texts. He often accompanies The Dalai Lama to France as his personal interpreter.

Jean-Francois Revel currently resides in Paris.

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A Satisfying Read and revelatory for many, I'm sure.  Aug 30, 2007
Yes. As others have noted, it was a best seller in France. Revel has since died and I'm sorry I never had to chance to see or hear him on television. The book takes the oft-repeated criticisms by his fellow citizens and punctures them for their hypocrisy, or misunderstanding, or willful misrepresentations, as appropriate. We know with the election of Sarkozy who had, prior to the election, made clear his desire for close French-American relations, and his subsequent win that it was simply not true that all French despise us. Yes. They value their culture and want to protect it; but as Revel points out much of the criticism is based upon their own disappointments and a desire for protection of self-image. He writes in an interesting way, using ridicule and sarcasm in an amusing way.

He also lays waste to the oft-heard accusation that only recently have the French begun to hate us and that it's because of the Iraq war. He makes it clear that anti-Americanism started after the 2nd World War and increased "ten fold" during the Viet Nam war, which he points out was a "direct offshoot of European colonial expansion" specifically the French Indochina War, a war during which she asked for and sometimes received American help. France then handed...via the Geneva Accords....the North of Vietnam to the Communists. He also correctly points out that much of the heft behind anti-Americanism in Europe, generally, comes from the Socialists who detest the huge success of our capitalism.

A good read.
Good book, worth the read but gets a bit bogged down.....  Jul 16, 2007
I read this book about 3 years ago and recently was discussing it which prompted me to reread it.

This is a good book and worth the read but do not expect an unbiased equivocation on the roots of anti-Americanism. The author who is obviously very well versed on American foreign policy artfully cites critiques of those who attack the United States and is sufficiently deconstructive and too the point most of the time. The reason for the 3 star review is Mr. Revel essentially turned what started out as an excellent book into a cheerleading manual bogged down with repeated themes and ridiculing attack.

To me the way he blatantly ignores some of the more popular criticisms of American foreign policy hurt is argument. I simply feel his attempts at convincing could have been better if he rounded his argument more fully and was at least slightly even handed, or tried to give the impression of being unbiased. The book ends up reading more like propaganda than an honest critique.
The new crook's last refuge  May 24, 2007
I read this book some months ago, here in Brazil.Living in a country where anti-americanism is govern's politic, I must congratulate the author of this book.Being nationalism out of fashion today, the new crook's last refuge is anti-americanism.
The big problem of this book, is to be made for european, not brazilian or any other reality.Even so, this book is a classic, about anti-americanism.
A to the Point and Scathing Review of Eurpoean Hypocrisy  Sep 10, 2006
I echo the reviews of most others. This book was great. Revel doesn't make excuses for America's weaknesses, he simply points out that Europeans should not make excuses for theirs either. The majority of the worlds problems, he states, stem from inadequacy of European foreign policy in centuries past. We cannot simply presume that there was no turmoil in the world until 1776 and the appearance of some new country in western hemisphere.
Revel expertly points to the hypocrisy of other French authors when they are all too willing to buy into the weaknesses of the United States while ignoring their own problems. French society is the focus of this book in terms of its anti-Americanism, but the entire study could easily be applied to any other country.
Anbti-Americanism by Jean Francois Revel  Mar 17, 2006
Translated from french, this is a well written, thoughtful review of how the rest of the world- especially the french and europeans- views America and why. I found the contradictions in their thinking especially interesting.Revel's opinion of the challenges from radical Islam might confirm your worst fears, as it does mine.

If you, like me, ever wonder why we're so resented when we have been so genereous with our treasure and lives, you will find this explanation human, frustrating, and even funny and sad.

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