Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed American Culture Since World War II
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Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed American Culture Since World War II

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It is commonplace today to assume that American culture drives global culture, but what is not immediately clear, yet no less true, is that despite the Marshall Plan, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, EuroDisney and "Baywatch," Europe has been able to preserve its cultural distinctiveness and resist embracing the "American way of life." Richard Pells not only shows how the Europeans...more
Hardcover, 444 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Basic Books (AZ) (first published 1997)
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It's been hard to get through, but it's a college text for a Modern European History class, so I shouldn't be surprised. It is fascinating, especially since my knowledge of European history is not the greatest. It got a lot more interesting later on when it was in more modern times and dealing more with media and Hollywood. A lot of it was pretty fascinating and history I did not know. Having lived in Europe for awhile myself made it more interesting as well! I would recommend it to anyone who i...more
Dec 09, 2011 Hubert rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: American studies enthusiasts.
Pells is a fairly engaging writer, if at time a bit categorical, and not such an adventurous writer. He very clearly states the relationships between American and European culture, with an eye towards the historical bases of these relationships. The text could use slightly more theoretical underpinnings.
this book had the unfortunate distinction of being our group selection AFTER Gravity's Rainbow. Largely anecdotal, this anticipate's T.R. Reid's United Stes of Europe and suffers from the same flaws. My friends and I muddled through such, though, to be fair, it isn't the book's fault.
It took some time, but was well worth it. For someone interested in American Studies it is a should read. I love all of the misconceptions we have about each other.
Matt Woodard
Easy read. Good history. Not too heavy on promoting the ideas of 'US dominance' in a post war world.
Sophie MH
About the ever lasting love/hate relationship between the Old and the New continents. Interesting.
Beth Davis
Good book. Rather well-written. Probably need to re-read!
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Harvard Ph.D. Richard Pells is the author of four books and currently Professor Emeritus of History at The University of Texas at Austin. The Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship recipient taught at Harvard, and was Fulbright-Hays Senior Lecturer at the Universities of Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

Dr. Pells lives in Austin with his wife, Molly Dougherty.
More about Richard H. Pells...
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