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Attractive Unattractive Americans: How the World Sees America

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Almost every human being on the planet today knows something – and feels something – about America. It’s the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” It’s responsible for hamburgers and Coca-Cola and color TV. It’s the center of the universe, with the greatest athletes, tallest buildings, most famous movie stars, and biggest dreamers.

But what does a world that contain
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Paperback, 226 pages
Published August 3rd 2015 by Renessanse Publishing (first published July 30th 2015)
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Christine
I cannot really explain why this book appealed to me when it blipped on my radar. Of course, I have my own opinions of the U.S. (really, who doesn’t?) … and living in America’s neighbor to the North (Canada) … and having family and friends in/from Europe I could have compiled my own list of people’s opinions about the U.S. and it’s residents. Still, it was interesting to read what a wider circle of people felt about the U.S. Sometimes those interviewed had been to the U.S. and others formed opin ...more
Randal White
Surprising and Informative! Zografo's book is a thoughtful examination of how people in other countries view the United States. What they like and dislike about Americans. I was surprised at what he uncovered. People tend to like us, but feel that we are somewhat self-absorbed, and tend to be unaware of what is going on in the rest of the world. When we visit other countries, we assume the people will know all about us, "An American speaks to us as if we ought to know everything about his countr ...more
Jacquie Vegan-schwartz
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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People frequently struggle with the question of what is more important - perception or reality.Politicians and teenagers usually are most concerned with perception while parents so often attempt to teach reality.Professionals,particularly when it comes to questions of conflicts of interest,need to understand that the perception of a conflict can be as damning as an actual conflict.

So,it is particularly striking so see how a foreigner’s perception of the U.S. differs from what he/she sees upon be
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Nina Kristin
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Zografos does, in this book, a good job of describing the USA and the American people. We get to see the people and their politics from many different angles, and the author keeps things neutral at all times. The book is a collage of the author's own opinions and the opinions of random people from all over the world, which helps give a diverse picture of America. The issues that are taken up stretches from politics to food and even to fashion. The only thing that I would put a finger on that it ...more
Emma Varan
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book gives you an interesting view as to how the rest of the world sees Americans, both when they are at home and abroad. It covers many different subjects and aspects of the American culture, and the author does a good job discussing them and seeing the multiple point of views that people from different cultures may have. Zografos interviews many people from all over the world, who all obviously have an opinion on the USA and its inhabitants, and some are awarded more space in the book tha ...more
Mark
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I haven't gotten the chance to travel or study abroad yet, so I have always kind of wondered how the rest of the world views Americans. This book was attractive to me in the idea that I really had no idea how the rest of the world views Americans. I thought that this was one of the coolest books that I have read in quite some time. I liked how the book was basically a mixture of quotes, sayings and opinions of what others think about Americans. Some of the information is quite shocking, while ot ...more
Rae Phillips
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining and thought provoking.

This is an entertaining read if you are looking for something different from the non-fiction category; it’s a kind of social commentary of quotes. The book is a collection of comments taken people from all walks of life about how they view Americans, at times brutally unfair and stereotypical but always honest. Attractive Unattractive Americans is a thought provoking read with no political agenda. The comments are refreshingly honest and found it a light read a
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Sonja Lee
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is an easy reading. This book is an awesome examination about different points of view from people who were born in USA or have lived in this great country. It let us know what likes or dislikes to these people, how they think they are looked around the world and how they see the rest of the world. The combination to get the information is very good, because the interviews, quotes and stories are complemented by themselves. Recommended.
Azeem Butt
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I personally loved it as it tells us about how the other part of the world thinks about us and their comments. Great book to read
Rhonda Lomazow
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A real look at what people of the world think of Americans,An interesting eye opening read,
Nora Braathu
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was quite interesting to read. It is no secret that the world is pretty obsessed with America, but also love to criticize the country when given the opportunity to. It is fascinating to read the interviews from people around the world, and the author has really done a good job in showing different opinions. Everything from American fashion and sports, to whether the American dream is still achievable, is covered in this book. The book definitely made me question myself and my views, on ...more
Gard Emil
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Attractive Unattractive American by René Zografos brings a lot to the table. It’s a fascinating compilation of several opinions that revolve around the USA, and touches on a wide range of different American aspects, from a typical US citizen’s motivations and views on life, to American fashion. It does a good job of staying neutral, and presents both positive and negative opinions of the USA. It keeps from pandering to a certain type of audience who love to either criticize or romanticize the he ...more
Elyse
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Norweigan author obviously likes America. I give him kudos for attempting to write a book in English but the result is disjointed. It is advertised as a book written to give Americans an idea of what people in other countries think of us - as a European he qualifies to be one of them. The author has plenty of advice for us but his advice is a bit heavy handed. He interviewed many non-Americans and most of their answers were insightful and funny. One of his chapters was written by a New York ...more
Pippa
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Engaging social commentary.

I am not always in the mood to jump headfirst into a novel but it can be a struggle to find a light non-fiction read to satisfy your need to pick up something different! Attractive Unattractive Americans hit the spot for me! As part of my university degree I studied a module of contemporary American Studies and it was with this in mind I was drawn to the book.

The book itself is well written, I did not find grammatical errors and it was a thought provoking and intellige
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Cat
Oct 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a quick read, broken down into small sections, to give an overall voice to non-Americans about Americans. I took it mostly with a chuckle, but sometimes wanted to argue back "but that's not how we are." Further proving that we in the U.S.A. have a sheltered idea of our overall effect on the world that may only know us from TV, books, magazines, rumors and our own clumsy appearances in "parts unknown." It's always good to keep an open mind no matter where you are, but if you meet someone ...more
Robin
Sep 17, 2015 rated it liked it
This book made me realize what a "bad" tourist I can be, even visiting new places within the US. My outlook and behavior will change now when I am visiting another country and when I visit a different region of the US. Thanks, Rene' Zografos, for the eye-opening observations.
Zee Monodee
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting look at how perspectives differ from place to place about something - especially viewed through the cultural lenses.
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René Zografos is an award winning author, journalist, and photographer from Oslo in Norway. After dropping out of school when he was 16, he later went back to study what he loves most: writing and photography. René started out as a journalist in the largest magazine in Norway, and has since then worked for national, and international newspapers and magazines. Since a major book publisher accepted ...more