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Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World (2017. Auflage)

von Suzy Hansen (Autor)

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"A revelatory reflection on America's role in the world from the perspective of a young woman who has been living in Istanbul for the past six years"-- "In the wake of the September 11 attacks and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Suzy Hansen, who grew up in an insular conservative town in New Jersey, was enjoying early success as a journalist for a high-profile New York newspaper. Increasingly, though, the disconnect between the chaos of world events and the response at home took on pressing urgency for her. Seeking to understand the Muslim world that had been reduced to scaremongering headlines, she moved to Istanbul. Hansen arrived there with romantic ideas about a mythical city perched between East and West, and with a naive sense of the Islamic world beyond. Over the course of her many years of living in Turkey and traveling throughout Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Iran, she learned a great deal about these countries and their cultures, histories, and politics. But the greatest, most unsettling surprise would be what she learned about her own country--and herself, an American abroad in the era of America's decline. It would take leaving her home to discover what she came to think of as the two Americas: the country and its people, and the experience of American power around the world. She came to understand that anti-Americanism is not a violent pathology. It is, Hansen writes, "a broken heart ... a hundred-year-old relationship." Blending memoir, journalism, and history, and deeply attuned to the voices of those she met on her travels, Notes on a Foreign Country is a moving reflection on America's place in the world. It is a powerful journey of self-discovery and revelation--a profound reckoning with what it means to be an American in a time of grave national and global turmoil."--Jacket.… (mehr)
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Titel:Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World
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Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2017), 288 pages
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The way Suzy Hansen writes about her discovery of Turkey and specifically Istanbul is truly mesmerizing. She is not ashamed to admit that she didn't know anything about her new home country. Put this together with the vivid descriptions of a failed American foreign policy regarding the Islamic world, and the only conclusion is that this is one of the best works of non fiction you can read. ( )
  PhilipMertens | Jun 19, 2021 |
Expansive and specific, readable with flourishes of startling beauty and insight, an honest investigation of Turkey, Greece, the Arab world, and of being an American. ( )
  jostie13 | May 14, 2020 |
Pretty good. She goes from an American writer who knows nothing to a complete anti-AMERICAN.
The reason that this book rates so high is that I have been to Turkey six or seven times since 1986.
My friends there are white Turks -she a classmate of my wife who recently moved to Ankara
from Istanbul -( too crowded) and was a journalist for many years, and he a retired pipeline engineer.
They both believe the CIA is responsible for everything that goes wrong in turkey, while we believe that tne
CIA are pedigreed idiots.. what does our brave reporter think we should have done when saddam invaded kuwait ( )
  annbury | Jan 29, 2019 |
Profound, thoughtful, provoking and satisfying. Highly recommended. If you want to challenge the way you think and view the world - this is a great read. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Jan 27, 2019 |
For most of this book, the foreign country in question is Turkey, but Ms. Hansen's real subject is America -- specifically, America abroad. And that's America -- not Americans. Ms. Hansen's book is a process of discovering the existence and extent of the American empire abroad, the damage that it has done to many societies and individuals, and the impact that this has had on foreign views of America. Americans themselves, all too often, do not see an American empire, but instead a country trying to do good to others. Ms. Hansen's book follow her own journey from innocence, through learning a lot about the last seventy five years, to an anguished awareness. This makes the book far more powerful than a purely objective analysis might be. The book is well written. One negative note: in some instances I think Ms. Hansen overestimates the sheer lust for power of the American government, and underestimates the reality of the challenges it faced abroad -- in particular during the Cold War. One positive note: having spent a lot of time in Turkey, I appreciate Ms. Hansen's love for that sometimes difficult place, and the perspicacity of her analysis. Because of the negative note, I thought about four stars, but the positive one made me move it back to five. APM

Not a bad book, she has become an anti-American writer , from a naive person. The fact that it rates as high as it does reflects the fact that i have visited Turkey often, most recently two years ago. My wife's college roommateis a white Turk, a journalist, had a husband who was a pipeline engineer, and moved out of Istanbul to Ankara because it got too crowded. They blame everything on the CIA. We thought they were wrong. Now, I have come to the same conclusion that the author did, but It took many years.
Also, the US is not to blame for everything. what was Pres Bush todo when Saddam invaded Kuwait? JH ( )
  annbury | Jan 12, 2019 |
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"A revelatory reflection on America's role in the world from the perspective of a young woman who has been living in Istanbul for the past six years"-- "In the wake of the September 11 attacks and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Suzy Hansen, who grew up in an insular conservative town in New Jersey, was enjoying early success as a journalist for a high-profile New York newspaper. Increasingly, though, the disconnect between the chaos of world events and the response at home took on pressing urgency for her. Seeking to understand the Muslim world that had been reduced to scaremongering headlines, she moved to Istanbul. Hansen arrived there with romantic ideas about a mythical city perched between East and West, and with a naive sense of the Islamic world beyond. Over the course of her many years of living in Turkey and traveling throughout Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Iran, she learned a great deal about these countries and their cultures, histories, and politics. But the greatest, most unsettling surprise would be what she learned about her own country--and herself, an American abroad in the era of America's decline. It would take leaving her home to discover what she came to think of as the two Americas: the country and its people, and the experience of American power around the world. She came to understand that anti-Americanism is not a violent pathology. It is, Hansen writes, "a broken heart ... a hundred-year-old relationship." Blending memoir, journalism, and history, and deeply attuned to the voices of those she met on her travels, Notes on a Foreign Country is a moving reflection on America's place in the world. It is a powerful journey of self-discovery and revelation--a profound reckoning with what it means to be an American in a time of grave national and global turmoil."--Jacket.

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