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  • Posted April 19, 2011

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    The Rise of the Rest

    I don't think anyone could exercise more free speech than Mr. Roy has done is this rather interesting comparison of the United States to India and its struggle to gain a place in the world community. The US's efforts in several hotspots around the world, most notably Afghanistan and Iraq, are criticized greatly in the book reiterating the irony of a free Iraq under occupation. I think that Roy's argument is sound and should be considered but must be considered from both sides of the argument. Roy takes a more direct, aggressive approach to the argument against the United States while simultaneously arguing about the failures of democracies around the world, in particular India struggles with the concept. It's my opinion that Mr. Roy needed to pick one subject or the other: America's failures in spreading democracy or the failure of democracy itself. Had he selected one of the aforesaid topics, I think that his inquiry and conclusions would have been clearer. Overall the book was not a very good read and was sporadic in its presentation of the facts concerning America's struggle with leading the spread of democracy and the world's acceptance of democratic principles.

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