In Uncouth Nation, Andrei Markovits provides deep insights into anti-Americanism in Europe today and delves into many of the facets that make the American-European relationship so unique. This book should be read and discussed!"--Joschka Fischer, former Foreign Minister of Germany; and Professor, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
"Anti-Americanism is as old as the Republic--a historical constant, which is only remotely related to specific American behavior. So what is new? Andrei Markovits has delivered the best answer yet, ranging across an astounding wealth of material from politics and culture. Uncouth Nation is a rare academic treat. Rigorous and analytical, the book is also a pleasure to read as it penetrates a critical issue of our time."--Josef Joffe, Publisher and Editor of Die Zeit, and Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
"Andrei Markovits does three things in this excellent book: he provides an account of the historical and contemporary forms of European anti-Americanism (and of its close relative, anti-Semitism); he analyzes the roots and causes of this phenomenon; and, best of all, he gives us a running critique of the frequent silliness and malice of the anti-Americans and of their role in fashioning a certain kind, which is not the best possible kind, of pan-European politics."--Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study
"For many years now, Andrei Markovits has been North America's most insightful analyst of European political culture. In Uncouth Nation he has written a near-masterpiece. On page after page, Markovits convincingly demonstrates the all-consuming nature of European anti-Americanism. He shows that, in an era where European collective identity remains in tenuous flux, anti-Americanism has become a mainstay of ersatz ideological cohesion. In a classical instance of ressentiment, Europeans deride America not so much for what it does but because of what it is-an orientation that often says more about contemporary Europe than about its despised trans-Atlantic rival. Uncouth Nation is lucidly argued and mellifluously written. Markovits has provided us with a landmark study in political pathology."--Richard Wolin, Graduate Center, City University of New York author of The Seduction of Unreason
"Disturbing and provocative, this wide-ranging and passionate intervention convenes history, social analysis, and a sense of anxiety to rouse attention to the underside of the European critique of America. Just as it intends, the book will stir comment and debate on both sides of the Atlantic, especially on the Left. For one, I can't wait."--Ira Katznelson, author of When Affirmative Action Was White
"Recent events, from September 11 to the Iraq war to repeated acts of terrorism, have given new vigor to the debate on anti-Americanism. Uncouth Nation contributes significantly to the debate. Its author, who is deeply familiar with both the European and American literature on the subject, has clearly thought a great deal about anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism in his quest to make sense of each as well as to determine how they interact."--Ezra Suleiman, Princeton University, author of Dismantling Democratic States
"Andrei Markovits, with a mix of analytical clarity, historical perspective, and years of personal experience as one of our most informed observers of European politics, offers a challenging, disquieting yet certainly important analysis of views that have entered the continent's political mainstream. While many think or hope that the hostility of recent years is primarily a short-term reaction to the policies of George W. Bush, Markovits makes a compelling case that longer-term currents are at work. Uncouth Nation should be read by policymakers, scholars, and citizens who seek a deeper understanding of recent tensions and prospects for trans-Atlantic relations and for Europe's future."--Jeffrey Herf, University of Maryland, author of The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust
The author shows that this new lingua franca has become the way Europe sees itself in relation to the US.
Still, there is a point at which such attitudes can become counterproductive and lead to very serious mischaracterizations, demonization, and open strife.
Markovits' in-depth and well-written book is a must read for everyone who wants to understand that phenomenon.
When I traveled I notice there is a little country rivalry between most countries and I never felt any animosity. Read morePublished 7 months ago by CC_dm
Masterfully documented, lucidly written, and compellingly argued, Andrei Markovits's Uncouth Nation is a recommended read. Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by G. H. Joost Baarssen
The author's analysis of European attitudes towards America and it's culture is spot on, while at the same time witty and humorous. Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by Amazon Customer
In light of the important role anti-Americanism and antisemitism play in the constitution of a European
identity this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand... Read more
"I am frightened for the simple reason that we cannot deny that every day cultures and societies look more like the American style, and its way of thinking is being imposed... Read morePublished on August 10, 2009 by brian komyathy
Andrei Markovits's Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America is a book of utmost importance for anybody interested in the phenomena of antisemitism and anti-Americanism among the... Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by David Spreen
This is indeed an interesting and thought provoking book. As an immigrant who came to the US as a graduate student, chose to stay here and become a citizen I shared many of the... Read morePublished on February 13, 2009 by Pradip Khaladkar
A reviewer here--"what'sanelitist"--has COMPLETELY missed the point of this thoroughly researched, cogently argued, and illuminating book. Read morePublished on May 3, 2008 by Enlightened Reader
In "Uncouth Nation" University of Michigan professor Andrei Markovits masterfully crafts an incredibly cogent argument as to the reasons for ubiquitous European dislike of all... Read morePublished on January 31, 2008 by R. Goldsmith