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- Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 15mm | 142g
- Publication date: 5 November 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0715637924
- ISBN 13: 9780715637920
- Sales rank: 70,055
The world has turned against the United States in recent years. The invasion of Iraq, America's refusal to sign the Kyoto accords, detention without trial in Guantanamo, the spread of American movies and fast food into every corner of the globe - all have contributed to a feeling that the United States is abusing its position as the world's sole superpower. But there is another side to the story. In this provocative, brilliant book, acclaimed foreign affairs columnist Bronwen Maddox shows how critics of America take the best of it for granted and exaggerate the worst. She shows how opponents often unfairly equate American mistakes with moral failings, and how the US frequently makes its own case badly, even when it is on strong ground. At a time when the US is coming under increasing scrutiny in the wake of Barack Obama's promise of change, "In Defence of America" is essential reading for anyone who cares about America's place in the world, and its future.
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Bronwen Maddox is the Chief Foreign Commentator for The Times.
By Anke Joosens 02 Sep 2010
This is not a defence of America. Maddox doesn't provide us with well structured arguments, nor with in-dept case studies. Instead she touches every subject briefly, giving her own opinion and throwing one or two references or percentages towards us - and then moves on to the next subject. She uses too much colloquial language, which gives her book the appearance of a novel rather than a defensive essay.
She basically tries to apologize, and is not afraid of cliches or stereotypes. Just to give you an example: She didn't agree with the decision of President Clinton to mingle in the Kosovo conflict, where lived those â?~slavic people with wedged-shape faces'.
Definitely not what I expected of this book.
'A marvellous book which shows how vital American engagement is to the world. Bronwen Maddox is a superb and very knowledgeable writer who has the utmost courage of her convictions' - William Shawcross. 'A must-read to grasp why the US matters and why anti-Americanism is the modern socialism of fools' - The Times. 'Unrivalled expertise and elegance... The chapter on Guantanamo and torture must be required reading for law students and presidential hopefuls alike' - Shami Chakrabarti. 'Authoritative... erudite' - Observer. 'Bronwen Maddox is just the kind of friend-and-defender the U.S. needs these days: basically supportive, constructively critical, and skilful at presenting the big picture in concise, readable form' - Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution. 'She is a tough critic rather than a blind apologist... It is her air of authority, the rigour of her thinking and the evidence she marshals that make her argument on behalf of America so persuasive' - Daily Mail (Critics Choice).