Why Do People Hate America? Paperback – 1 Feb 2003
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'Required reading' Independent 'Why Do People Hate America?' carefully documents the impact America, culturally and as an aggressive yet insular force, has on all our lives.' -- John Pilger, New Statesman 'This is very much a polemical work - but it is well structured and well argued, and certainly a thought-provoking synthesis of the reasons why these question needs to be asked.' -- Bookgeeks 'A sobering and necessary read.' -- Bookgeeks 'Rarely has a book filled me with such despair for the future of our planet. It's made all the more breathtaking by the clarity of thinking and writing.' -- Morning Star --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Required reading' Independent 'Why Do People Hate America?' carefully documents the impact America, culturally and as an aggressive yet insular force, has on all our lives.' (John Pilger, New Statesman)
‘This is very much a polemical work - but it is well structured and well argued, and certainly a thought-provoking synthesis of the reasons why these question needs to be asked.’ (Bookgeeks)
‘A sobering and necessary read.’ (Bookgeeks)
‘Rarely has a book filled me with such despair for the future of our planet. It's made all the more breathtaking by the clarity of thinking and writing.’ (Morning Star) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Certainly food for thought. Even if you don't agree with the ideas and believe that the US policy cannot be held responsible for anti-US sentiments, it's worth reading to see why it is that some people do believe this.
Despite its political and philosophical content, it is also highly readable. I think it is difficult to discount as a piece of anti-US propaganda as it eloquently disects everything from US TV and media concerns stifling normal debate within the US to the heavy handedness and undemocratic nature of US foreign policy.
Truly enlightening, and I am sure it should be read by every American and for that matter European, as much of the subject matter applies to many former colonial countries too.
Professors Sardar and Davies are highly educated individuals who are underlining the way in which American culture CAN BE and IS interpreted by the outside world. This does not mean THEY hate America. It means they are able to recognise areas in which America let's itself down in the eyes of the world.
I have read blogs from US soldiers in Iraq saying that they read the book to remind themselves how 'outsiders' view them, to understand what has gone wrong and why America seems so loathed. Noam Chomsky himself has recommended American's read this book to see how the world perceives them. It is the blindness of the American superstate to opinions like those articulated by Sardar and Davies that causes them to continue blithely exporting the wrong message around the globe.
This is an important book precisely because it is polemic. The American culture machine roles out polemic material every day. Hatred is what breeds in retaliation.
Please do not continue to portray this book as 'Why People SHOULD Hate America'. The purpose of this book is to hold up a mirror to the flaws of the US. After September 11 many people did ask 'Why Do People Hate America?' Sardar and Davies are simply trying to offer a possible answer...
Read this book if you like to be challenged, if you like to think and if you know there is more to what is going on in the world than what you read in most papers.
That being said - it should be noted that both these eloquent authors have anthropological backgrounds, and as such tend to boil the question/title of the book down to anthropological answers. That may have worked if American were a democracy, and the populace shaped by this popular culture actually ruled. America is not, and Americans do not. As in Europe and the rest of the world, the US is a Representative Democracy, meaning the people hand over their will to an elect group every four years or so. This elect group (gov't) are the ones who make the foreign policy and carry out the decisions and action which are the prime reason Americans are "hated" by some. That this elect group also suffers from 'knowledgeable ignorance' (which the authors diagnose Americans with), this book has not managed to convince me. The premise that world sentiment 'against' the US has it's roots in prevalent public attitudes within the US, is the only short comming to this book, in my opinion. But regardless of whether it fully accomplishes to answer the title question, the anthropological studies within should be, as others have said, 'required reading'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good analysis of why America is deservedly despised by the rest of the world. However, the authors' nerves failed when it came to writing about 9/11. Read morePublished 17 months ago by sak_a
Claiming that "People Hate America" is to claim that "all or almost all prople hate America". That is not true. Only some people hate America. Read morePublished on 14 April 2014 by Bent A
This book is an honest analisis of the reasons why USA is not beloved in the world. I find it should be read by all those who intend to have an adult apreciation of the Country and... Read morePublished on 28 April 2013 by Mrs. Flor C. Arcaya V.
A very interesting, and depending on your viewpoint, a very challenging book. As the title implies, it is an attempt to answer the question why people hate America (the USA). Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2012 by JWH
I read the book with an open mind a few years ago and was sorely disappointed. It reads like a media studies undergraduate thesis. Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2011 by G. Johnston
The big question asked in this book should be written as follows: Will the tiny elite which controls the actual sole hyperpower in the world, change? Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2010 by Luc REYNAERT
I bought a book entitled "Will America Change?", which was described - on the cover - as "The Sequel to Why do People Hate America?". It is nothing of the sort. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2009 by D. Jones
I'm always keen to understand how the rest of the world views the West; specifically the US and UK, and this book looked ideal. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2008 by thehighrise
To my mind, this book really does address the question. The only point against it is that it can seem at times to be simply America-bashing. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2006 by John Pearcey