Already an international bestseller, "Why Do People Hate America?" doesnt stop there but rather examines, discusses and debates many topics, including:
The indiscriminate use of the term America to cover many different aspects of U.S. influence and operation around the world and how it is a reflection of the hamburger syndrome.
The way in which the brand called America has been sold to the rest of the world and the consequences of the globalization of American culture on developing countries are examined via analysis of: American foreign and economic policies; U.S. treatment of the rest of the world at the United Nations; American control of global institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization; and U.S. relationship with developing countries over the last five decades.
Why are presumptions of innocence and self-righteousness so central to American self-image? The authors examine Americas image of itself in its historic narratives and founding myths. They argue that definitions are relational terms, in that everyones image of self includes, and in part depends on, their view of other people.
How the power of the American media works to keep Americans closed to experiences and ideas from the rest of the world and thereby increases the insularity, self-absorption and ignorance that are the overriding problems the rest of the world has with America.
How the foreign policy of the U.S. government, backed by its military strength, has unprecedented global influence now that the United States is the worlds only superpower its first hyperpower.
The problem of knowledgeable ignorance: defined as knowing people, ideas, civilizations, religions, histories as something they are not - and could not possibly be - and maintaining these ideas even when the means exist to know differently.
The American construction of the axis of evil is a form of grand absolutism reflecting America as a hostile, inimical perversion, endemic and operating within other nations all around the globe.
The authors of "Why Do People Hate America?" know that the one of the hardest things for people to do is examine oneself and admit ones own problems. The same holds true for the U.S., as a nation, creating much frustration within the country and infuriation, antipathy, hostility and even hatred beyond the bounds of America. If America refuses to reflect upon its history, its uses and abuses of power and wealth at home and abroad, the consequences of its lifestyle and abundance, the relations between quality of life and values, the relation between ideals and practical application of those ideals to all of its people, then what chance has the rest of the world of engaging America in reasoned discussion?
Chapters 1 and 2 discuss how Americans look at themselves through movies and TV shows and how it considers itself as the hero and doesn't listen to views of other world leaders. Read morePublished 23 months ago by LASeoulGuy
There is always somebody or some group who hate another, it`s not a new idea. This book however gives us possible reasons for the ever increasing dislike towards the USA. Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by Paul Boyle
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 November 24, 2010 by Luc REYNAERT
I believe that "Why do People hate America" by Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies is (?) a Postmodern rant of hatred towards America, American principles, and Americans. Read morePublished on October 26, 2008 by Norman Strojny
I believe every American owes it to themselves and their country to read this book. Many things are wrong with our government, and it seems no one is interested in why. Read morePublished on July 2, 2008 by M. Raines
While this book brings up some interesting points and arguments, the authors rely way to much on fictional TV series. Namely, The West Wing and Alias. Read morePublished on December 21, 2007 by Sylvia Alcott
It's time to put down a book when it is obviously substituting contention for fact. This one says that the Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh was assassinated by the CIA in the... Read morePublished on September 8, 2007 by Gregor Samsa
have not read it, probably shouldnt be reviewing it yet but oh well...Published on May 31, 2007 by John Harrelson
I probably wouldn't have bought this, much less read it. I took the kids to New Hope, PA, and busied myself with browsing a bookstore while they went boutiquing. Read morePublished on October 6, 2006 by Zipper-Head