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British novelist Margaret Drabble once wrote: "My anti-Americanism has become almost uncontrollable--ris[ing] in my throat like acid reflux." What possesses an otherwise sensible and sensitive writer to utter such an inanity? Markovits (comparative politics & German studies, Univ. of Michigan; Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism) notes that "overt hostilities in language and attitude that have remained taboo against any other culture or country among European intellectuals and elites have attained respectability when it concerns America." Europeans have derogated America since its inception, but anti-Americanism escalated in the 1980s (before George W. Bush) and is now a permanent part of political discourse on both the Right and the Left. According to Markovits, anti-American sentiment is primarily about what we are (e.g., crass, materialistic, licentious yet prudish), not about what we do; current foreign policy has merely added fuel to flames that were already alight. Markovits further argues that anti-Israeli sentiment displays the same tropes as does anti-Americanism, with anti-Semitism (unacceptable in civil discourse since Auschwitz) reemerging as anti-Zionism and Israel linked with Nazism. Markovits documents his arguments extensively, and though he makes his leftist leanings clear, his research convinces him that anti-Americanism isn't about policy but about essence, which precedes it. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.