Reviled as an imperialist power, an exporter of destructive capitalism, an arrogant crusader against Islam, and a rapacious over-consumer casually destroying the planet, it seems that the United States of America has rarely been less esteemed in the eyes of the world. In such an environment, one can easily overlook the fact that people from other countries have, in fact, been hating America for centuries. Barry Rubin and Judith Colp Rubin here draw on sources from a wide range of countries to track the entire trajectory of anti-Americanism. With this powerful work, the Rubins trace the paradox that is America, a country that is both the most reviled and most envied land on earth. In the end, they demonstrate, anti-Americanism has often been a visceral response to the very idea--as well as both the ideals and policies--of America itself, its aggressive innovation, its self-confidence, and the challenge it poses to alternative ideologies.
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About the Author
Director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs, Barry Rubin is the author of numerous books, including The Tragedy of the Middle East. Judith Colp Rubin is an independent journalist who has covered the Middle East extensively. Together they co-edited Anti-American Terrorism and the Middle East and, most recently, co-authored a widely acclaimed political biography of Yasir Arafat.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book really opened my eyes. I had no idea how far back America hating went. Europeans began hating America almost as soon as they heard of it. Cultural history so often comes from the Left, and they omit the petty snobbery that sounds so foolish today. Even though this is a scholarly book, it is very engaging. Personally, I wish everyone would read it.
This is a detailed and fascinating history of an attitude or sentiment. Namely an anti-American one. A look at how foriegners percieved the U.S. in unfavorable terms, especially Europeans. Very informative and recommended to anyone American or otherwise, in order to see how one's perceptions can be warped by a really prejudiced or biased attitude. The author goes to great lengths to show the hypocrisy and the illogical grounds on which some anti-American attitudes are based. When one reads this it becomes apparent that a lot of this contempt is mixed with unadmitted envy or a grudging acceptance that far from being a total failure the U.S. is actually a successful example to be followed, in at least some ways if not all.