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Europe's Macadam, America's Tar: How America Really Compares to "Old Europe"

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ISBN-10: 3000143572
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In "Europe's Macadam, America's Tar" Alan Goldfein has deftly taken the unique approach of exploring Europe in order to better understand America. While many writers have identified the sources of the crises in American values - our 'shambles of infrastructure' (both physical and spiritual) is certainly no secret - words just describing America, and America alone, become merely negative shadow words heard and heard again, tired descriptives, with no thorough comparisons to a comparable world. But by aiming at the problems we face from the vantage point of our cultural brethren across the Atlantic, Alan Goldfein is able to cast a broader light on what must be done to fire up our own national renewal.

About the Author

Alan Goldfein's stories and essays have appeared in Commentary, Playboy, Oui, Satire, Beyond Baroque,Cimarron Review, Colorado Quarterly, Forum, Florida Quarterly, The San Francisco Chronicle Examiner, and in a Random House collection, On the Job: Fiction About Work. He is the author of Heads, JEWS AND GERMANS/GERMANS AND JEWS, EUROPE'S MACADAM AMERICA'S TAR and of numerous episodes for television series, such as Knots Landing, Perfect Couples, Bodies of Evidence, and Paradise. He and his wife, the semiologist Ute Werner, live in Berkeley and Bad Herrenalb, Germany.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: American Editions Heidelberg (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3000143572
  • ISBN-13: 978-3000143571
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,971,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Humorous accounting of America's and Europe's achievements and stereotypes. Couldn't stop reading. The author knows exactly what he's talking about. Interesting perspective, intriguing prose.
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Good stuff. The argument gets impressive breadth and depth from its combination of textual research--of charts and statistics from sources such as the World Economic Forum and The Economist--with the personal observations of a finely perceptive novelist.
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