This book was written by a French Scholar primarily for Europeans, but should be a must read for anyone who wants to understand the situation and Europe and desires to avoid making their mistakes.
The author is an amazing scholar with outsanding writing skills.
Nicely done. Explains why this is not a recent issue, but rather part of a long term pattern. Draws together pieces that have been exposed elsewhere, and creates a well put together, nicely paced book. Well narrated, as well.
This is a very well argued book by a Frenchman ,written for a European Audience.It is quite supportive of America....and it's true.
It made #1 on the French Best Sellers list......maybe there is a glimmer of hope after all.It will hold your interest...stir some emotions.....Very Good Sound/Narration.
I teach Business, Economics, and English at a university in Tokyo. My interests are in politics, economics, and philosophy. I hold a BA in English Literature, and an MA in Political Science.
Yes America, there is a pro-US Frenchman. Maybe he is the only one...but he is there. This book is kind of fun becuase it's a French guy saying all the stuff about the Europeans that the American conservatives say. It's pretty cynical, but fun. The perspective is one that you don't see in print very often, but the rhetoric is nothing really new. Almost mistook this for one of my Ann Coulter audio books.
This is meant as a poke in the eye for the Socialist leaning Europeans. If you are looking for an America is the Best book, this is it. I wouldn't listen to it again, but I would give it to a few of my Canadian and European friends as a present.
It was enlightening to hear how a European looks at the United States of America. Jean's premise of why so many very vocal people through out the world (hate) America is very insightful. If you are interested in world affairs, debunking myth about America, this is a read for you.
It's easy to tee off on the high and mighty.. and America has been at the top of things for generations, so this book actually has foreign writer/author Jean-Francois Revel saying a lot of very good things about America that reminds us of American's greatness.
Sure, America is going through some very challenging times of late with the recession, racial tensions, political dysfunction and the like, plus finally being attacked on her on soil with 9-11, and I guess that Revel just got tired of all of that and have enough of the Anti-America bashing that the world has been engaged in.
Of course, America has a long way to go to reshape and correct the above mentioned issues, and she will, but in the mean time, we all have to stay focused and level headed as we get through all of this together.
I thought this was a good and refreshing read that I really enjoyed!
It's nice to actually hear from a European who isn't being an arrogant anti-American snob. Overall the book was pretty good -- I only wish it was heavier on substance. There is a lot of equating which shows how hypocritical (and in many cases fraudulent) Europe is when it criticizes America for this it does but I could have used more detail. I know quite a bit about post WWII European history and it seems the author could have hit a lot harder on some points. This however is a very good starting point for people looking to hear a friendly European voice and looking for some basic information on how we're viewed from their perspective.
I really enjoy this work and found it works well in its audio format. It presents plausible arguments as to why America is such an easy target and so reviled.
It also presents internal social problems that French society faces that are not unlike the problems we face in America though we may have been led to romantize into thinking that it doesn't happen in Europe and is only due to the evils of American life. However, I do wonder if there is a bit of romantization of America by a Frenchman. After all, the grass is always greener on the other side.
Whatever the case may be, I did find the work very informative and its points well argued and supported. It really touches on the heart of the real battle which is socialism & communism versus capitalism & free market economics though there's also the issue of French arrogance which supercedes the conflicting ideologies.
This book also touches on very current issues that we are facing today including the issue of terrorism and has a lot of provocative statements without the blinders of political correctness. Whether you agree or disagree with the author's point of view, the book still presents a look into a part of French society and is worth a listen.
A sobering portrait on the French and European view on a America. If you're an ex-pat or interested in learning more about the "international community" this book--written by a French intellectual-- is an excellent tool. Some culutural reference required, but the analysis is direct, eloquent, and with that-makes-sense logic mixed in to give a satisfying aha! at the end. Liberal or Conservative get ready to be bothered.
This book should be required reading for everyone in this country. Plain and simple, this is a great book and very informative, especially since we know very little of what goes on in France and other European countries. I truly enjoyed this book and will probably go out and buy the book to add to my personal library.