Written by a best-selling French writer (and known American-supporter), the book is an interesting calling-out of European governments and "intellectuals" for their unending attacks on the U.S. and shameless hypocrisy. A refreshing in-their-face slap at French intellectuals and their unceasing American bashing to cover up their own faults and scheming, it is heavily rooted in modern day issues. However, you will find enough historical context to be useful, particularly in Europe's colonial history.
While not a deeply-researched piece, for a solid overview of European intellectual arrogance and outright dishonesty this is a worthy listen.
As a conservative and political junkie, I have to take issue with some of the other comments. A reader doesn't have to agree with every point or accept every assertion as accurate to find real thinking value in a piece. This is not an anti-American book at all. If fuses some really startling points on how through our nation's global successes (economic and political) we have succeeded in helping the world to change and grow so quickly that our position as a sole superpower is challenged from the rise of other nations more than our own decline. If you believe competition is good, are optimistic about American ingenuity, and are not afraid of the new inter-related world, there's a great deal in this book to excite. If you're looking for the same old stale rhetoric about America and the world stage (anti or pro American), you may not like this piece. For those not afraid to think outside of the box, you'll get a lot from this book.
About one out of fifteen audio books I have to stop listening to and this was one. As a previous review argued, the female narration is simply out of place with the brutality of this story (regardless of the gender of the characters). Still, it wasn't even well done. As a huge fan of McKinty's other books, I was terribly disappointed.
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