What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World

What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World

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by Melissa Rossi
     
 

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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 conversation:

  • What is the difference between Kurdistan and Kazakhstan?

  • Why did North Korea’s leader kidnap his favorite

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101213162
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/29/2003
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Melissa Rossi is an award-winning veteran journalist who has penned articles for Newsweek, Newsday, Esquire, George, MSNBC, The New York Observer, and, until recently, wrote a regular column for National Geographic Traveler. She has written extensively about Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has lived abroad for many years.

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What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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-
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful handbook to use as a guide when reading novels set in foreign lands. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a narrow-minded, bias, and dishonest work. It is simply a soapbox for the author's umisguided