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Anti-Americanism Audio CD – Audiobook, Jun 2004

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  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786186976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786186976
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 12.1 cm
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"Revel skillfully dismantles false assumptions, outmoded theories, and outright lies--from both the political Left and the Right throughout the world." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Author of several international best sellers over the last 30 years, Jean-Francois Revel lives in Paris. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
In the chapter Contradictions Revel examines the inherently contradictory character of the diatribes against America, pointing out how European elites that criticise the USA conveniently forget that their own continent made the 20th century the most murderous in history with their two world wars, their criminal ideologies like communism and nazism and their colonialism. He also discusses the enviro-leftist hypocrisy about global warming and the Kyoto protocol. In this regard, please read Bjorn Lomborg’s book The Skeptical Environmentalist.
Revel then turns his attention to Antiglobalism and Anti-Americanism, proving that it really is a struggle against liberalism, of which the USA is a shining example. It is not that the left has anything against globalism, they just don’t like the fact that people worldwide will be able to freely trade with one another without government interference. These mostly young antiglobalists are blind ideologues, remnants from a past of cruelty and bloodshed. Poor Third World countries want more international trade because that is the only way they’ll escape from poverty, in the same way Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea and others have done, and India is now doing. Only economic growth lifts poverty, as Johan Norberg demonstrates so well in his book In Defense Of Global Capitalism.
Revel discusses Régis Benichi’s three waves of globalization: the first that started during the 16th and 17th centuries, the second that lasted from 1840 to 1914, and the third which has continued since the end of the second world war and has improved the lives of third world people in direct proportion to the individual countries’ adherence to the rule of law and to the level of economic freedom.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 25 Jun. 2004
Format: Hardcover
In this fascinating book, French author and Journalist Jean-Francois Revel looks at worldwide anti-Americanism in general, and French anti-Americanism in particular. As has been mentioned repeatedly, immediately after the 911 attack on the United States, people around the world expressed their sympathy for, and solidarity with the United States. However, in short order, the sympathy vanished and the solidarity melted away.
In this book, Monsieur Revel explains that anti-Americanism is based on an anti-rationalist, anti-capitalist obsession that is not entirely rational and cannot be overcome by American actions of any sort. This is not to say that the author sees America as a paragon of virtue, quite the contrary. But, what the author does do is look at the reality of America's actions throughout the world as opposed to the perceptions of its actions, particularly as presented by the world press.
Overall, I found this to be a fascinating and eye-opening book. If you are interested in a penetrating and insightful look at the basis of anti-American thought, particularly in France, as seen by an actual Parisian, then you must get this book. I recommend this book most highly. In fact, if you only read one book this year, I hope that it will be this book!
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159 of 165 people found the following review helpful
French journalist thoughtfully re-examines anti-Americanism 6 Oct. 2003
By Govindan Nair - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
~American readers may be surprised to discover that this putatively pro-American book reached the best-seller list in France. It is written by a French intellectual and journalist who, at nearly eighty years of age, knows the United States well (having written on the same subject nearly three decades ago in a book called Ni Jesus Ni Marx or, in English, Without Jesus or Marx ). The global position of the United States having evolved considerably since his previous book, Revel takes a fresh look~~ at this question in a larger context of debates worldwide on globalization, and not just U.S. society and foreign policy.
Published about a year after the events of September 11, 2001, the book takes a fresh look at the root causes of anti-Americanism, particularly in France, but also, to some extent, in Europe and the rest of the world, although some critics in France argue that he uses the book to pursue his own hidden political bias against certain French elites and domestic policies.
~Revel examines the mixed and often contradictory dual sense of envy and contempt that the United States inspires abroad, seeking to identify which of these attitudes are objectively based. He generally contends that it was this long-established ambivalent set of feelings outside the Untied States, and not the aftermath of 9/11, which underlies the resurgence of negative attitudes to the United States.
Revel's style is full of irony and paradox as he takes on subjects as diverse as attitudes~~~ on globalization, foreign fears of cultural extinction from Americanisms, and foreign policy. He sees in the anti-globalization debate a deeper resentment of American ideals of economic free-market liberalism. He challenges the demonstrators at the Seattle WTO meeting or at other anti-globalziaiton rallies which periodically sprout up, to look at the contradiction between their assault on so-called unbridled market ideology of free trade and the real attempts of the WTO to create rules of trade~~ which most developing countries are seeking to join. In an interesting final chapter, Revel blames the anti-americanism of foreign governments as actually bolstering the American superpower status which they revile.
To characterize this book as pro-American simply beause it challenges a wide range of attitudes that have broadly come to be seen as anti-American is to misunderstand some of the arguments Revel makes. There is some interesting historical and sociological analysis which makes~~ reading this book a few times worthwhile if you wish to decode contemporary attitudes to the United States in a much deeper and, ultimately, more illuminating historical framework of understanding.~
150 of 160 people found the following review helpful
Excellent and incisive 7 Nov. 2003
By Sophie Masson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a French person living in an Anglo country(Australia)I'm well used to hearing the kind of mindless nonsense that is spouted daily aboth against the US and against France. This book is a reminder that France also has a great many intelligent, incisive writers of great clarity and passion, who not only don't hate America but admire it without gushing. Let me tell you, folks, there's more than one French person who completely agrees with Revel's thesis, and the limpid elegance, combined with biting wit, with which he puts his case. Only thing I'd say as small critcism is that he fails to address the fact that the anti-US beast is simply the resurrected, mutated form of the anti-Anglo-Saxon beast, the auld enemy, as it were.
78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
An excellent read 17 Nov. 2003
By Stefano D'Amiano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My perception of the US when I first moved here from Italy at the age of 23 to attend an American University was very much negatively biased by the daily media, where the US is portrayed as a country where people would be willing to sell their mothers for money, with very little morality, no regard for the poor, very racist and violent... Although I didn't quite believe all of it, it was very hard to escape the constant barrage of daily negative news about the US.
Well, it turns out that this was mostly all wrong. I have been living in the US for about 10 years, most of which in NYC. I love this country and living in NYC. I found the American people a lot more civilized, open minded and compassionate than most Italians. Not to mention the dignity, patriotism and work ethic.
This book should be a mandatory reading for every person in the world. If people would stop accusing the US and rather try to learn something from her, the world will be a far better place that it is today.
And for any American who still believes in a socialist US, with the goverment in charge of solving all of your problems, read this book. If that didn't change your mind, then move to France or Italy for a couple of years... You will be running back in the US, thanking whatever higher power you believe in for the luck of being born here!!
Happy reading!
Stefano
42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
A Concise, Well-Written Thesis 2 Nov. 2003
By Hi, I'm Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Contrary to the psychological needs of some reviewers, Revel doesn't present a stridently pro-American polemic, a la Rupert Murdoch's Fox News. By linking the US to the liberal democratic tradition, he shows how this tradition is under fire from totalitarian mindsets on the Right and the Left. He provides numerous examples of oxymoronic "criticisms" (really just attacks) of America, all of which undermine the theoretical and intellectual qualifications of the political elites tossing them out. When listed side-by-side, the contradictory nature of these ongoing misstatements is shocking.
At the end of the 20th century, America is the lone superpower in part because the rest of the world has avoided the self-criticism and self-examination that are desperately required of liberal democracies. America has been running the race while the rest of the world has meandered around the track. Anti-Americanism wastes resources that could actually be used to compete with America; furthermore, such reasoned competition could make the world a better place. Revel laments Europe's unwillingness to take political risks, and rely instead on the very safe, very proven method of attacking the Americans. The results are very harmful indeed.
Finally, Revel concludes that the end is not in sight. Whereas polls indicate that the average European citizen (an ironical term, as he points out) is just not that obsessed with bashing the US, political elites on the Right and Left ARE obsessed and will stay that way. Look for the 21st century to be another American one.
This book is well-written and foot-noted and clocks in at 176 pages. Very useful.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Revel reveals the roots of European angst against the US 2 April 2004
By Kevin C. B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In a most insightful book, Revel not only debunks excessive Anti-Americanism, he lays bare the reasons why it is embraced so willingly in Europe (specifically France) and around the world. What better way to hide your shortcomings and inadequacies than to highlight the "evil" of a giant that threatens the world at large with "faulty" judgement and is "excessively attached" to agressive means to solve international problems?
Revel usues biting commentary, witty sarcasm, and precise logic to deconstruct and lay bare many popular uses of [tricky] Anti-Americanism. I find this book so well written, and the arguments so well made, that I am going to buy many of the author's other books and read them as well just to examine and learn his critical style. Many investigative journalists and aspiring policy analysts could learn from this man's example.
In summation, the information and examples are priceless, the logic faultless, and the presentation made my emotions range
from breathless with disbelief to incredulous with laughter. A highly recommended book for those seeking some answers to the constant refrains of "America is at fault!".
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