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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  152 ratings  ·  20 reviews
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.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 15th 2004 by Encounter Books (first published 2002)
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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 co ...more
Sam Dembling
Ravel uses two main approaches in his argument against Anti-Americanism. 1) 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 ...more
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 hav
Nov 17, 2008 Felipe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Felipe by: Me
Is essential reading this book to understand the global incoherent arguments against the U.S.
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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 reaso
The American Conservative
'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 ...more
Feb 27, 2008 Ray rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not recommended
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 ...more
John Wiswell
Oct 01, 2007 John Wiswell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Politics readers, government readers, journalism readers
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 - ...more
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 ...more
Michel Van Goethem
La Obsession Antiamericana = Anti-American Obsession : Juiste analyse maar gedateerd - leest te veel als een krant van 2000.
Juan Pablo
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 idealizar
Skylar Burris
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 revile ...more
Justin Gramm
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.
Mar 03, 2010 Jennifer marked it as to-read
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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 Rivera
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
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.
Aaron Schulze
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.
very biased.
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Jean-François Revel was a French politician, journalist, author, prolific philosopher and member of the Académie française since June 1998.

He was best known for his books Without Marx or Jesus: The New American Revolution Has Begun, The Flight from Truth : The Reign of Deceit in the Age of Information and his 2002 book Anti-Americanism, one year after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In t
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