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Notes on a foreign country : an American abroad in a post-American world (edició 2017)

de Suzy Hansen

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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.… (més)
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Títol:Notes on a foreign country : an American abroad in a post-American world
Autors:Suzy Hansen
Informació:New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
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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 |
An impressive and thought-provoking book by a young journalist who finds that her carefree decision to head for Turkey as a way to understand the Muslim world via the most "Westernized" (and thus acceptable) Muslim nation in the Middle East leads her in some very unexpected directions -- including questioning her own identity. Which is the "foreign country" in the title of this book? It's hard to tell: Hansen tells the reader plenty about Turkey and its complex history (and the history of its relationship with the US) as well as about Egypt, but her long sojurn overseas causes her to look back on the US itself in much the same way that non-Americans might do -- as if it, to her, weren't her homeland but indeed just another foreign country.

Hansen is challenging our assumptions about how we think about, discuss, report on, analyze and judge what happens abroad through our own prism, and reminding us that we necessarily have our own biases that come into play in this process. Sometimes, there are questions she fails to ask or address, as when she deplores LBJ's insensitivity to both Greek and Turkish political leaders when he was trying to avert a war over Cyprus (the still-divided island off the coast of Turkey with a substantial Greek population.) LBJ's decision was straightforward: fight, and I'll yank your funding, and Greek democracy (and Turkish independent rule) will have to rely on its own resources. Hansen is scathing about this arrogance -- but however tactless the approach, would she have preferred a war, so that the Greeks and Turks could maintain their national pride and honor and not be disrespected? Or ... a third way? She doesn't extend her analysis that far. Equally, she deplores the US-supported torture of the shah's SAVAK secret police in Iran -- but fails to mention that today's Iranian regime appears to be just as adept at torture and repression, without the aid of the US, even though it also has built regional medical centers that meet the healthcare needs of its citizens better than we can do here. That's a problem that Iranians themselves protest about, as we saw during the "Green" elections. Finally, Hansen clearly believes that Americans don't understand their world, and that may indeed be true for a large portion of the population. Why? How do we alter that? (And why is it that some Americans have no problem identifying Mossadegh when asked?) We can afford to be incurious -- that's her point -- but why is it that some people do investigate the world, travel, and become knowledgeable, while others (like Hansen, it seems) have this knowledge and questioning forced upon them? So, this is a merit-worthy look at what's wrong with Americans and their myopia, but she tips a bit too far sometimes in the direction of patting herself on the back for being "woke'. At some point, it's an individual responsibility to learn, and simply deploring the state of affairs isn't enough. This is a fundamental weakness in what otherwise is a provocative and interesting book.

Those who are well-informed about the region (Egypt, Turkey, Greece, etc.) will find very little that's new, beyond Hansen's personal explorations, discoveries and anecdotes. That doesn't mean this isn't worth reading, as she does have a keen eye for the interesting and quirky as well as for the telling detail. The underlying thesis was provocative enough to warrant a five-star rating, but the book itself gets only 4.3 stars, given the aforementioned shortcomings. ( )
  Chatterbox | Oct 12, 2018 |
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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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