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Revel probes the origins of the notion that America is the source of all evil: imperialistic, greedy, ruthlessly competitive--a hyperpower whose riches are acquired at the expense of the Third World....

Title : Anti Americanism
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ISBN : 9781594030604
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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  • Kxv
    2018-12-24 17:45

    Un formidable puñetazo al insoportable antiamericanismo que destila Europa, a los mitos, las falsedades, las mentiras, los prejuicios. Revel en estado puro, un polemista sin parangón que desmonta una por una todas las estupideces que se dicen sobre EE.UU. y sus ciudadanos: los presidentes paletos, los incultos yanquis, amantes de las armas, la Biblia, el dólar, lo material, el capitalismo al cubo... Al final no queda más remedio que convenir, con el autor, que toda la mala baba que destilamos contra EE.UU. es sólo causa de la envidia y la mala fe, de nuestro afán por vivir desinformados, ideologizados, dogmatizados y ver la paja en ojo ajeno cuando no nos enteramos de que tenemos una viga en el nuestro... En fin, una gran oportunidad de refrendar lo que ya deberíamos saber: que EE.UU. es un país modélico en muchos sentidos cuyo liderazgo sólo puede venirnos bien. Lectura fácil, rápidita y clarificadora. No hay excusas.

  • Ray
    2019-01-08 18:19

    I wouldn't recommend this book to any of my friends. I believe in our Country, and want our actions to be mostly right if not always right, and had hoped that I'd read good discussions with real detail in support of that. As the author suggests, any Nation which is always right is as mythical as one which is always wrong. Yet I found this pro-American Frenchman seemed to introduce a variety of expressions of anti-americanism from around the world, many of which I'd never heard before, and try to say how our Country is always right. I'd like that to be true, but the basis wasn't clearly explained, at least not to me. It's not enough to say, well, the French did that too in the 19th Century, to be proof that the current complaint isn't a valid one. I just didn't find the arguments compelling, either for or against, and it sounded like something ghost written by the Presidential press spokesperson during an election year campaign stop.

  • Felipe
    2018-12-20 19:33

    Is essential reading this book to understand the global incoherent arguments against the U.S.

  • Atul
    2019-01-05 16:26

    Excellent book. Revel does not portray America as a perfect nation -- in quite a few cases, he mentions aspects of the United States that he dislikes. Without fawning on the United States as a perfect country unworthy of any criticism, he explores and points out the hypocrisy and ludicrousness of the anti-American arguments floated primarily by the Europeans and Arabs.Some have mentioned his book was dry, but I personally found it very lively and interesting. Revel's brutally sarcastic and witty way of writing made the whole reading experience extremely pleasant. Perhaps he focused too much on French anti-Americanism, among all the other European countries, but that is somewhat to be expected, considering he was a prominent French intellectual.Overall, this book presents great intellectual ammunition against various anti-American arguments that have become all too common today. Most anti-American talking points are easily refuted -- if someone like Jean-François Revel is willing to refute them in the first place.

  • Chad
    2018-12-29 15:45

    Very dry, and seems almost like an outline or precursor to another work. Yet, I can't find much wrong with his analysis of global ideology - which is just now gaining traction a decade and a half later. This book was certainly ahead of its time.

  • Enzo Nicolini
    2018-12-26 21:37

    Provocador, y necesario, pero justificado con generalizaciones demasiado gruesas. Decepcionante.

  • Katie
    2019-01-10 20:20

    It's so interesting to hear a defense of the US from someone who's not in camp 'Merica. I also learned a lot about France. This has nothing to do with the book: I had serious insomnia the past few weeks, so I read this over the course of a few nights at 3 to 5 in the morning. Then I read it a second time, also at night, because I don't always retain much at that time of day. I might not have retained much the second time either.

  • Patrick
    2018-12-21 23:22

    Amazon Review:In 1972, Revel shocked the world with his best-selling book, Without Marx or Jesus, in which he defended America against global denunciation. Thirty years later, Revel is back with the same purpose. His latest book, a bestseller in France, comes at a crucial time. It seeks to explain the root cause of the world's and particularly Europe's obsession with hating America. He does not pretend that America is perfect. But he argues that the daily denunciations exceed the bounds of reasonable criticism. Furthermore, Revel says, European critics are quick to point fingers when they should be looking in the mirror. Rather than mock America's 2000 presidential election, he notes, Europeans should have been examining their own abysmally run European Union. He attributes such inconsistencies to Europeans' desperate desire to "project our faults onto America so as to absolve ourselves." Revel further finds fault with the antiglobalization movement. Though the movement claims to oppose inequality and poverty in underdeveloped countries, its true anathema is liberal capitalism, whose chief representative is the United States. The barrage of attacks will make it impossible for the United States to confer with European officials or take any criticism seriously. It is in Europe's interest, Revel says, to put aside its envy and consider a more constructive relationship with the United States. As a French citizen, the author laments the sorry state of his home country; he believes that careful consideration of American principles will strengthen Europe. Revel writes with a style at once informative and incisive. He possesses a sarcastic wit that is undoubtedly as irritating to his critics as it is endearing to his supporters.

  • The American Conservative
    2018-12-30 23:45

    'One whoops with delight to find, in the excellent Jean-François Revel, a Frenchman with the sense, understanding, and knowledge to defy Left Bank modishness and defend America with spirit against its dimwit foes. Many parts of this book are good for heart and soul alike, being brisk, merciless refutations of Euro-smugness about Kyoto, the death penalty, racialism, inequality, and the rest of the false claims of the new Europe to be morally and politically superior to the nation on the far side of the Atlantic. There is much here that is exhilarating, crackling with perceptiveness and bitter humor. He has grasped the need of Europe’s failed elites to blame America for the miseries they have brought upon themselves, their need to feel superior to a culture that has in so many ways humiliated them by its success and then made matters even worse with its generosity. He correctly identifies “an anti-American psychopathology, which routinely seeks to transform the United States into a scapegoat burdened with all the sins of the world.”'Read the full review, "Uncritical Champion," on our website:

  • Sam Dembling
    2019-01-06 19:36

    Ravel uses two main approaches in his argument against Anti-Americanism. 1) Anecdote-based generalizations. He frequently uses examples of the behavior of one or two individuals to make generalizations about the entire group of which they are a part. From this logic, the majority of Muslims are not moderate (pp. 68-69); and most Japanese and Brazilians are guilty of hypocrisy, (pp. 81) and (pp. 174) respectively. 2) Comparing/contrasting U.S. policy with that of other countries without evaluating the strength of the policy itself. Ravel may concede, for example, that Disney has "deform[ed] and commercialize[d]" (pp. 116) ancient cultural legends, but that's nothing compared to what France has done in the past! While he admits that George W. Bush's "axis of evil" rhetoric is over the top, he hastens to check that acknowledgement with the following qualification: "but may the statesmen who has never been guilty of hyperbole throw the first stone!" (pp. 122) Do not read this book if you are searching for thorough, fact-based analysis.

  • Ryne
    2018-12-18 17:16

    I read this book back in high school, for a debate assignment. This book helped me to understand better how globalism affects the world economy, and why America gets such a bad rap for it. I think that Revel was biased just a little on the side of America--he's perhaps a little too apologetic--but overall I recall this as being a fair and balanced investigation into why some people in other countries hate America so much.One note: I think this book left out some historical factors that would have been useful to include, as well, as explanations of hatred toward the USA (CIA-backed coups in Central and South America, anyone? In those cases the US deserves the grief it gets).If you want an analysis of anti-American sentiment that focuses largely on economic factors, this is a good source.

  • John Wiswell
    2018-12-20 21:24

    Anti-Americanism is an excuse for people in other countries to ignore the evils their governments commit, a slightly more intellectual diversion than going to a blockbuster movie. This book makes the commonly overlooked case that any rich-world nation has a ridiculous amount of hipocrisy to its constitutition, focusing particularly on France's hipocritical behavior. The United States of America has done some terrible things since 9/11, but focusing hatred on them blinds people from improvement - usually, it just enables more of the same nationalistic selfish behavior that led so many European nations to abuse the Middle East and poor-world nations. This book doesn't excuse the U.S.A.'s actions, but correctly demands countries examine themselves with the same critical light.

  • Jon
    2019-01-05 21:15

    This is a great book. The title is rather misleading since it is more about why others are Anti-American when they clearly should not be. He makes a very logical argument to support his ideas and gives many demonstrations as to why he is correct. The only reason why he got 4 starts instead of 5 is that he used big words and mixed in lots of French words is his writing. It made it rather difficult to read sometimes. There were also a few parts where he started referencing complicated functions of the US government with little explanation, as if we are all as politically savvy as he is. Still, even with these shortcomings it is a very good book.

  • Juan Pablo
    2019-01-07 19:22

    Revel hace un análisis completo del "antiamericanismo", llamando la atención sobre la hipocresía de los políticos europeos que critican a Estados Unidos, y la desinformación imperante en los medios de comunicación al hacer referencia a EEUU (lo que lógicamente se ve solucionado con innumerables prejuicios). Yo diría que este libro le va a gustar a cualquiera que quiera apartarse un poco de los lugares comunes de los propagandistas, y a analizar más friamente al país norteamericano, sin idealizarlo pero tampoco sumándose a una condena sin fundamentos.

  • Skylar Burris
    2019-01-01 15:20

    I really expected a book in which a Frenchman rails against the anti-Americanism of Europeans to be entertaining. Alas, it was not. A slow read, stating the obvious: Americans are a diverse lot of people, and they usually don't fit the European stereotypes of them. America is a good country, as far as countries go, and a pretty swell place to live. It's not perfect, but, on average, it's far more a force for good than a force for evil in the world, and it hardly deserves to be so commonly reviled.

  • Bruno Fraga
    2018-12-16 22:15

    The book is great , the subject is definetly pretty interesting and Revel's arguments are mostly undeniable, but, the book focus too much on France and French p.o.v the scope could be larger and there are so many issues that he could have written about this subject... Anyway the book is a must-read for talking about something which happens all the time around us (non americans) , but we usually don't realize.

  • Mark
    2018-12-25 17:33

    Readability 7. Rating 7. Finally – a Frenchman I like! Revel pretty much goes off on France and Europe for their Anti-Americanism, which manifests as anti-democratic, anti-liberal, anti-globalization. He also highlights the internal inconsistencies that should be embarrassing to any sound thinker. In many places, I stopped and just thought to myself “that is exactly how I see it” but I had never been able to make clear to myself. Wonderful.

  • Marcio Atz
    2019-01-09 20:40

    Adorei o livro! perspicaz análise do espírito anti americano hipócrita que impregna a cultura européia, latino-americana e africana. A velha cultura de transferência de culpa e permanente justificação que. Um olhar crítico, revelador e que de fato deveria ser lido com mais frequência por jovens revolucionários sem causa e velhos que perderam sua bússola, ou nunca a encontraram...

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-08 21:39

    Don't let the cover fool you, this book is actually the opposite of what you would think. It's pro-American, it seeks out why others in the world are anti-American, and why many of them have no ground for such views. (And it was written by a Frenchman!)

  • John
    2018-12-24 23:30

    An interesting attempt at an unusual topic, I didn't agree with many of the author's theories but I found the read to be interesting nevertheless that helped introduce another perspective to this phenomenon.

  • Brent Barnard
    2018-12-28 20:33

    Insightful. Not quite engaging enough for me to make it through (because of a lot of standard Conservative viewpoints I'm already familiar with), but still, overall, an interesting book.

  • Justin Gramm
    2019-01-01 20:33

    Regardless of whether you agree with the author or not, there's a lot of interesting perspective in this book that makes it worth reading.

  • Kathryn
    2018-12-26 17:44

    very biased.

  • Jose Gaona
    2018-12-18 18:38


  • Aaron Schulze
    2018-12-17 19:38

    This really is a fun read. It is fascinating to see how the French elite and media see/portray American society, politics and foreign policy.

  • Michel Van Goethem
    2019-01-16 16:27

    La Obsession Antiamericana = Anti-American Obsession : Juiste analyse maar gedateerd - leest te veel als een krant van 2000.

  • Douglas Wilson
    2018-12-16 16:18