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on 5 June 2009
AS noted, not always an easy read, but the author weaves a tapestry of history and contemporary nationalism in America that makes a convincing argument against the disaster of Bush/Rum/Cheney and the need for continuing vigilence in the face of populist nationalism.

Persevere - you'll know America and the Americans better from this book.
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VINE VOICEon 9 August 2007
Anatol Lieven's penetrating analysis has some disturbing things to say about Uncle Sam's national identity and the nation's continuing credibility as world policeman.

It's not an easy read - and not only because the print in this new edition is uncomfortably small. Lieven is a scholar, and makes no attempt to sweeten the pill for those unfamiliar with the workings of US politics or political science in general. His arguments are complex and carefully annotated, but his conclusions are outspoken. America's love affair with democracy and "freedom" has become a form of zealotry in itself, fuelling the fires of Middle East terrorism through forcing its world view on alien cultures.

Most interesting of all when he shines a light onto the more paranoid and defensive elements of the American psyche and its fixation with patriotism, Lieven has produced an intricate but ultimately unsettling glimpse into the world's future.
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