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In Defense of America Hardcover – July 1, 2008
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Maddox does, very early in the book, make a key point about all the criticism directed at the U.S.: it is simply not fair. As she puts it, "The accusations take the best of the United States for granted while exaggerating the worst, and ignore the complexity forced on America by its size and its constitution." She also makes the very valid point that Europe is setting itself up for a major disappointment if it expects to see major changes in policy under an Obama administration. Maddox, in fact, sees much of the criticism directed at the U.S. to be the inevitable offshoot of its status as the world's only remaining superpower and believes that the high tension level between the U.S. and the rest of the world would have occurred even without George W. Bush in the White House.
Maddox outlines a three-point defense for the United States: the success that the country has had in peacefully assimilating such diverse peoples peacefully under one government, how the rest of the world has benefitted from America's development of competitive capitalism, and the fact that American foreign policy is generally a defense of the values most dearly shared by Europe and America. She, however, does not offer much in defense of the U.S. approach to the "war on terror" that was implemented after 9-11 or its supposed lack of cooperation in fighting global warming.Read more ›
HOWEVER, because it is short & to the point, well written, and is some-what "balanced" in its criticism & praise of the USA, I recommend reading it.
Joseph M. Vottis
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Is she apologizing for America or defending it? Certainly the United States does not need to apologize for its actions at all. Read morePublished on February 4, 2009 by Winston
I learned only one thing by reading this--do not pick a random, interesting book out of Barnes and Noble and expect it to be worth your precious time and hard-earned money. Read morePublished on September 9, 2008 by Michael Senger