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The Eagle's Shadow

Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World

Mark Hertsgaard; New Afterword by the Author

Picador

On September 11, 2001, Mark Hertsgaard was completing a trip around the world, gathering perceptions about America from people in fifteen countries. Whether sophisticated business leaders, starry-eyed teenagers, or Islamic fundamentalists, his subjects were both admiring and uneasy about the United States, enchanted yet bewildered, appalled yet envious. Exploring such paradoxes, Hertsgaard exposes truths that force natives and outsiders alike to see America with fresh eyes. In a world growing more American by the day, The Eagle's Shadow is a major statement about and to the place everyone discusses but few understand.

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The Eagle's Shadow
(1)THE PAROCHIAL SUPERPOWERFor Malcolm Adams, as for most people around the world, America is more a mental image than a real place. He will almost certainly never see the United States with his own eyes--he'll never have enough money to afford the trip--but that diminishes his interest in the place not one bit.I met Malcolm on a bus ride in South Africa in June of 2001. He was a driver for the Baz Bus, a shuttle service known to the backpacker crowd in South Africa as a cheap if not always reliable way to get between major cities and rural tourist areas. The day he picked
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Praise for The Eagle's Shadow

“Engaging and informative. . . A revealing report on others' view of the 'Parochial Superpower' and everything associated with it." --The Christian Science Monitor

"[A] well-timed book." --The Washington Post Book World

"[An] honest self-examination...Hertsgaard has a light hand with political analysis that is extremely refreshing." --Los Angeles Times

"An impassioned critique of the status quo." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Compelling and heartfelt." --Salon.com

"A pithy, vastly informative book, a strikingly original analysis of the American Dream at home and the ways it haunts the rest of the world." --Nadine Gordimer, author of The Pickup

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  • Mark Hertsgaard; New Afterword by the Author

  • Mark Hertsgaard is the author of five books. His journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, Times, Harper’s, The New York Times, The Nation, The Gaurdian, Die Zeit, and many other publications around the world. He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio and Worldlink TV.
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Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World

Mark Hertsgaard; New Afterword by the Author

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