What Every American Should Know about the Rest of the World

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Confused about the news? Slip out of the room when friends talk current events? Now you can keep up with ease and learn to talk like a diplomat.

Among the things you’ll soon be able to slip into everyday...

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Overview

Confused about the news? Slip out of the room when friends talk current events? Now you can keep up with ease and learn to talk like a diplomat.

Among the things you’ll soon be able to slip into everyday conversation:

  • What is the difference between Kurdistan and Kazakhstan?
  • Why did North Korea’s leader kidnap his favorite actress?
  • Why is Osama bin Laden so mad?
  • Which countries still have slaves?
  • Why is Kashmir “the most dangerous place in the world?”
  • What country has the most Muslims?
  • Why are they fighting in Chechnya?
  • What little box prompted Hutus to kill Tutsis?
  • Who is Prince Turki and how did his hunting trip change history?
  • How are cows fueling the fighting between India's Muslims and Hindus?
  • Which country drew maps that have resulted in the most intractable wars?
  • What is controversial UN Resolution 242?
  • What makes Qatar stand out?
  • What country does Sumatran coffee come from?
  • What country’s fakes forced the US to redesign the $100 bill?
  • Who is the FARC and why have they been fighting for decades?

An entertaining guide to political science, current events, foreign affairs, and history, What Every American Should Know about the Rest of the World gives you the vocabulary and background you need to decipher the modern world in a simple-to-understand format.

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Editorial Reviews

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Inspired by September 11, in the author's words, "this book aims to provide you with: a contextual mapping of the world's geopolitical hot spots and a familiarity with the names, terms and ideas you need to know to decipher global events." Part almanac, part narrative, injected with subtle humor and commentary, it is informative, non-scholarly and formatted for a sound bite-accustomed audience, making the information easy to find. Forty-five topics, countries or regions are grouped by prominence in global politics under the headings: "Tickers," "Slow Tickers," "Talkers," and "The Big Picture." Touching on every world region, it mostly deals with the Middle East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and some Latin and South American countries. The role of the United States, positive or negative, is always included. An Afterword discourages complacency and discusses reader participation in the geo-political situation. Rossi's experience as a journalist living abroad is a reassuring measure of her authority on her subjects. Her Korea chapter completely agreed with a Today Show feature aired on May 19, 2003. She includes small maps, photos, a glossary, bibliography, list of resources, notes and an index. As a reference tool, this is not as comprehensive as traditional almanacs in facts on economy, education, and history and geography, but it is a must-have for supplementing the current events curriculum. This type of work is outdated as soon as it is published (we have experienced the Iraqi War since), but it will continue to be extremely valuable in understanding the issues. Recommended for every literate and thinking American citizen. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and seniorhigh school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Penguin Putnam, Plume, 382p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index.,
— Ann Hart
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452284050
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/29/2003
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 953,492
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

What Every American Should Know About the Rest of The World Introduction

Part One. Tickers
Iraq Israel and Palestine Indonesia Kashmir/India/Pakistan North Korea Colombia

Part Two. Slow Tickers
Russia Saudi Arabia Egypt Iran China Taiwan Sudan Afghanistan Somalia Japan

Part Three. Talkers
Turkey Caucasus Combo The 'Stans Philippines Syria Lebanon Spain Jordan Mideast Medley Balkan Bunch United Kingdom Western Europe Rwanda Thailand Latin American Medley Cuba Libya Venezuela Mexico Nigeria African Assortment Southeast Asia Sampler Canada

Part Four. The Big Picture
Africa Asia Europe Latin America North America Oceania Issues: A Very Brief Overview

Afterword: Ten Things You Can Do Glossary
Terms of War, Peace, Religion and Geography Power Players and Elitist Groups
Bibliography Resources Notes Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    Not Bad At All

    I feel this book is an fine starting point for readers who want to increase their knowledge of geopolitics. She covers some of the obvious issues and then tries to make her way around to the not so obvious ones. However, I believe that in order for you to be fully informed you will definitely have to do a lot more research than just this book. I recommend using it as a guide to further pursue your desire to increase your knowledge about the rest of the world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    BUY THIS BOOK!

    This book rocked. If you are an American who is hungry for knowledge, you won't be disappointed. Buy several copies and put them them in your bathrooms and give them to friends. Also, ignore the second review of above...it was clearly written by a conservative who finds it difficult to realize the U.S. is too ofen a hypocritical hyperpwer, which fails to report its own misdoings around the world. As it says in the cheesy title, this book contains WHAT EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE REST OF THE WORLD. Use it as a starting point, and then start reading like an animal-

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2003

    THIS IS AN AMERICAN WAKEUP CALL

    RARELY DO I HAVE A BOOK PROVOKE ME INTO THINKING THAT I SHOULD BECOME MORE INFORMED ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AND WHAT OUR STATE DEPARTMENT IS DOING ABOUT THINGS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. ROSSI MAKES YOU WONDER WHY WE SPEND SO MUCH MONEY FOR SO LITTLE RESULTS. ROSSI MAKES ME FEEL THAT THINKING AMERICANS SHOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION TO WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD. THIS IS A THOUGHT STIMULATING BOOK THAT EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD READ. NOT ONLY IS THE BOOK INTERESTING AND WELL LAID OUT BUT IT GIVES YOU INFORMATION THAT MOST OF US DO NOT HEAR ABOUT. ROSSI HAS DONE AN AWARD WINNING JOB OF PRESENTING THE FACTS!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2003

    Don't confuse with other What Every American Titles

    Oh maybe the title isn't original -- there are a few 'What Every American' themes out there. But the content of this brief overview to the world is one of a kind and first rate! If you ever felt 'out of the loop' this is the way to wrangle your way back in. The world's Big Names, Big Places and Big Issues -- all in one place, and it's fun to read. Nobody will admit to buying it, but probably everyone needs it. Including Condoleezza Rice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    This book is a wonderful handbook to use as a guide when reading

    This book is a wonderful handbook to use as a guide when reading novels set in foreign lands. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Opinionated!

    This is a narrow-minded, bias, and dishonest work. It is simply a soapbox for the author's umisguided

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2005

    I thought it was great!

    sure it doesnt cover everything, but what do u expect? It would be impossible to cover evrything about the world in ONE book. And true that Rossi can be a bit subjective at times, but its good to know different peoples points of view. I learned a whole lot, but this book is very condensed and information rich and sometimes I forget things and have to go back, but the facts and way its organized is great. I think I should read it again. everyone should read this book so that they can have at least a brief overview of the world. I learned more from this book than I have in a year of Social Sudies at school. Knowledge is power.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2003

    Very disappointing

    While the concept of this book is a good one, I was very disappointed, even a bit angered, to discover that it was not an objective analysis or particularly well-informed conveyance of fact. The author, in the introduction, states that she tries to be objective but sometimes let's opinion creep in (and delineates it as opinion). However, either the author is attempting to use the cloak of the supposed objectivity to push her viewpoints, or she just doesn't know enough about all the subjects to give a thorough and balanced overview (I suspect it is a bit of both). The result is dangerous because while readers may think they are getting a good overview of world issues, they are in fact getting less-than-informed, unbalanced versions. Perhaps the problem is that it is just too difficult to cover so many issues in such an abbreviated format, but whatever the cause, it is a dangerous way to learn about world issues.

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