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"A comprehensive look at the phenomenon of anti-Americanism, this set offers contributions from more than 40 scholars in a variety of disciplines. Edited by O'Connor, a well-published political scientist, this work clearly shows that the current wave of anti-Americanism is not without precedent. O'Connor argues that anti-Americanism is often based on prejudice and ideological overtones. Therefore, one of the work's goals is to distinguish between legitimate critiques of US policy and anti-Americanism, thereby creating a more sophisticated discourse. Authors look at anti-Americanism from a variety of perspectives and show that the phenomenon is multifaceted and complex. Overall, the work dispels what O'Connor calls the fallacy that anti-Americanism is a creation of the Bush administration….Readers looking for a comprehensive, scholarly overview of anti-Americanism, covering a variety of issues, will likely be satisfied with this set. It is well written and well footnoted. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty." - Choice
"Since 9/11, there has been a relative upsurge in published writing about anti-Americanism. The sources and causes, however, are more complicated than recent terrorist events can explain. These four volumes each consisting of about a dozen substantial scholarly political and cultural arguments and opposing viewpointspresent an objective and balanced exploration of anti-Americanism….The content is as appropriate for assigned class readings as it is for reference consultation. The set would make a valuable addition to any academic library that serves public policy, international relations, or history departments." - Library Journal
"Understanding how the United States is viewed around the world is a complex topic that most Americans cannot grasp, but this work connects them with the perception….O'Connor and the contributors provide the realization: anti-American sentiment is both a response to the values and beliefs associated with the United States as well as a reaction to perceived American misdeeds or offenses." - American Reference Books Annual
"This engaging collection is an invaluable resource for academics as well as the everyday American." - Kirkus Reviews
"The four volumes presented by O'Connor are intended to demonstrate the scope of the issues raised by the concept of anti-Americanism and to illustrate the nature and variety of the debates and perspectives brought to bear on the topic, especially in its historical dimensions. The volumes, each of which contains some 10 to 13 chapters, are thematically constructed." - Reference & Research Book News
Since 9/11, there has been a relative upsurge in published writing about anti-Americanism. The sources and causes, however, are more complicated than recent terrorist events can explain. These four volumes-each consisting of about a dozen substantial scholarly political and cultural arguments and opposing viewpoints-present an objective and balanced exploration of anti-Americanism. The essays are signed by their academic contributors, notably few of whom are from the United States; editor O'Connor (coeditor, The Rise of Anti-Americanism) hails from Griffith University in Australia. Volume 1 addresses causes and sources of anti-Americanism. Subjects include capital punishment, religion, and the Iraq war. A chapter titled "What Is Anti-Americanism?" defines its subject as one side of a dichotomy, as a tendency, as a pathology, as a prejudice, and as an ideology. These somewhat abstract concepts fairly represent the intellectual level of the remaining essays. Volume 2 covers historical perspectives (e.g., "schizophrenic nationalism"; the anti-Vietnam War movement), with one essay arguing that anti-Americanism emerged long before America donned its superpower mantle. An issue Volume 3 takes on is the division between seeing anti-Americanism as a prejudice and as a conflict born of legitimate grievances. The final volume brings in such topics as the Bush doctrine, global poverty, and Islamic fundamentalism. One essay therein reflects on the extent to which American foreign policy is responsible for the rise in anti-Americanism. Each volume includes its own index and thorough footnotes.