Escaping Plato's Cave: How America's Blindness to the Rest of the World Threatens Our Survival
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Escaping Plato's Cave: How America's Blindness to the Rest of the World Threatens Our Survival

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Cave Blindness

Like Plato's cave-dwellers who onlysaw inaccurate reflections of reality on the wall, Americahas been blinded to dangerous realities inside and outside our borders, argues award-winning journalist Mort Rosenblum. Our ignorance is not just deplorable, it is literally killing us--and others.

Rosenblum--who has reported from more than one hundred countries, many...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by St. Martin's Press
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Brett
Jan 26, 2008 Brett rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone - even if you disagree with everything in its pages
Recommended to Brett by: heard about it on NPR
"Across what we call the Third World, few people want to be like us. They might envy our stuff. They might want to eat it or wear it on their feet. But most simply want a fairer shake so they can stay home with their own stuff and be like themselves."

This book made me want to pull my head out of the sand, at least to always try and understand the other side of a conflict. It's easy to turn a blind eye to problems in the world that seem too big and depressing to even learn about. It's easier to h...more
Cheryl
High level overview.
Sue
I found so many things thought provoking in this book. One, Bill Gates was the CIA deputy director who insulated the first President Bush, then a vice president, from the Iran-Contra scandal. And just think, he's still working.
Rosenblum focuses on education and reliable sources of reporting in a world of shrinking investigative foreign reporters. His recommendations of reporters and websites are numerous.
It's a good read and the recommendations of the last chapter offer hope in the face of tough...more
Joshua Mark
I was very excited by the premise of the book but the writing was labored and tiresome. I couldn't finish it.
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