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Notes on a Foreign Country: An American…

Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World

by Suzy Hansen

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Wow, this is one of the best books on American foreign policy I have ever had the chance to read. Hansen's perspective is most certainly shaped by her years living abroad in Turkey and living within a more moderate Islamic society. I think my favourite chapter is her thoughts on the poorer areas of Mississippi as compared to Turkey. Outstanding. This might very well be my favourite book of 2017. ( )
  area94 | Sep 20, 2017 |
A meditation on American identity. Based on print reviews, I thought I would find this book interesting, but, instead, found it a poorly composed book. Portions of the book were previously published in a number of magazines and it appears little editing was done while combining these articles into a book. Several "amusing anecdotes" were repeated. I imagine it would have been a more understandable read if the articles were published as such with appropriate chapter headings. Why would a person who states "the impact of seeing foreign things with my own eyes was the equivalent of reading a thousand history books" think they even needed to write a book? Or, better yet, why would one read a book based on personal anecdotes where the author exclaims "in my ten years abroad, I wonder how often it was that anyone told White Americans the truth?"? ( )
  MM_Jones | Aug 22, 2017 |
I love the idea of seeing America from an outside lens and was looking forward to exploring this book. However, the book itself is disjointed, sort of several things at once: a memoir, a lesson in Turkish political history, a literary review of illustrative texts and, finally, a look at how a select few foreigners viewed White Americans in the years following 9/11. For me, the book would have worked better focusing on just one or two of these elements and I was bogged down with so much happening at once.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
  Well-ReadNeck | Aug 6, 2017 |
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