Another well-written tome from Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wynn Davies (effectively a sequel to "Why Do People Hate America?"), this book takes an intricate look at the myths and realities of the American Way.
To summarize the argument, the authors use Hollywood movies ("The Player", "Groundhog Day", "Universal Soldier") as a template for examining the fear-driven myths that motivate American actions at home and abroad and hinder self-reflection and examination of those actions. They contrast the myth of American democracy with the historical realities of the country's technically flawed Constitution whose design and application permit privileged minority rule over the masses.
In choosing to use films as the basis for nearly all the books discussions, the author's best critique is that of Hollywood, effectively the creator and exporter of American myth and the country's vision of itself as a global, rather than merely a provincial narrative. With the flurry of American films in our multiplexes, and the country's recent Iraq invasion, this rings very true.
The book's sarcastic tone occasionally hampers things, and there is too little mention of it's principal ally, Britain, but otherwise the book is an articulate and thought-provoking read.