A Furious Hunger

A Furious Hunger : America in the 21st Century

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At the end of the twentieth century, the United States-the most powerful nation on earth-is driven by quasi-religious patriotism and by conspicuous materialism. At once restless and violent, creative and democratic, it is also, at another level, deeply unsure of itself. Bruce Grant s engrossing text reveals the core of America s greatness-and its vulnerability. Americans believe that their country is blessed and exceptional-blessed by God and nature, exceptional because of their management of the twin icons, democracy and capitalism. But have Americans separated themselves too much from the rest of the world? Can they meet the challenge of the 21st century, which is to provide true global leadership? A Furious Hunger is a penetrating exploration of America s way of life, its people, its history, its rhetoric, its government and politics, and its arts and popular culture. The author s modest intention is to try to understand the United States better, not as the leader of the Western world, but as itself. Bruce Grant writes critically and sympathetically of the country and the people he has visited and observed for over thirty years. Tshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 142.5 x 215.9 x 21.3mm | 331.13g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522847927
  • 9780522847925

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"In a thoughtful inquiry into the American character and the role the US may play in the next century, Grant . . . combines a Tocquevillian detachment with first-hand familiarity with the American scene." --"Publishers Weekly"show more

About Bruce Grant

Bruce Grant is a distinctive Australian writer who is also a distinguished analyst of international affairs. He has been a foreign correspondent, a newspaper columnist, a film and theatre critic, an ambassador and an adviser to governments, while writing novels, short stories and books about the outstanding issues of our time. He is now a professor at Monash University, teaching statecraft to young diplomats. A Furious Hunger is his eleventh book, among which Indonesia (MUP 1964/96) has become a minor classic.show more

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