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Why Do People Hate America? Paperback – 1 Feb 2003

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Disinformation Company (1 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971394253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971394254
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,331,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2002
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Some very good chapters, but the comparision with cowboy films becomes a little over-used, if not slightly tenuous. If you enjoyed this then I recommend Chomsky's "Rogue States", which is a slightly more academic book on the same subject. Chomsky is certainly not as readable as Why Do People Hate America? but seems more complete. It (Rogue States) doesn't always spell out the conclusions but does provide a wealth of examples of the type that are also used in this book.
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.
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I found this book browsing in a bookshop and was instantly caught by the narrative. It makes no bones about being heavily one-sided and defends America very infrequently, but it's scope is scholarly and its arguements delivered by and large very well.
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.
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People seem to be getting their knickers in a knot about this book being polemic but the facts remain that many people DO hate America. In many very fundamental ways this IS as a result of US foreign policy and the way in which the cultural artefacts (ie movies, music) that they export reinforce an often offensive image of 'white is right' and 'might is right'.
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...
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This book is amazing. I bought it to try to understand why September 11th happened, to understand the reasons for Muslim anger at the US and to know more about the US involvement with the Israeli situation. I now know more than I may have wanted. Why Do People hate America uses recent and past history, cultural studies including analysis of film and TV and American and other commentary to show why the rest of the world is becoming exasperated with the US to the point of hatred. From small farmers with livelihoods ruined in the name of free trade to cultures watching their young people adopting attitudes drawn from Hollywood, the writers of this book list reasons why hatred of the US has grown. At no time do they condone violence or write in support of anyone promoting violence; however, they have no message of hope to offer to anyone hoping that the status quo will endure.
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.
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By A Customer on 7 Sept. 2003
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...unless you define "America bashing" as any anthropological attempt to understand America as such. As the sayin goes: The truth may set you free, but first it'll piss you off. This book was required reading for a course I am taking on American Studies, and I fully enjoyed reading it. It presents something for people on both sides of the Atlantic. For Americans it gives them an insight into how others may view them, and for Europeans and other foreign nationalities it provides a window into what shaped the popular culture and attitudes of the US. For being a bridge of understanding I'm giving this book 5 stars.
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'.
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