The Only Superpower

The Only Superpower : Reflections on Strength, Weakness, and Anti-Americanism

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In The Only Superpower: Reflections on Strength, Weakness, and Anti-Americanism, Paul Hollander examines anti-Americanism (including the relationship between the foreign and domestic varieties), American culture (especially mass culture), the lingering political and cultural influences of the 1960s, and the controversial relationship between the realms of the personal and the political. He also revisits the part played by hatred, and especially the scapegoating impulse, in social and political conflicts. The essays range widely, from Michael Moore's political celebrity, the American love for SUVs, and getting old in America to Islamic fanaticism and the aftermath of the fall of Eastern European communist systems.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 302 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739131338
  • 9780739131336

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I have been reading Paul Hollander for many years?often agreeing with him, sometimes disagreeing, and always profiting from his knowledge and acuity.....--Paul Berman The distinguished Hungarian-born sociologist Paul Hollander has a uniquely Central European perspective on the foibles of American life and especially its intellectual milieu. These fast-paced essays are smart, provocative, and sometimes amusing snapshotsof our wonderfully imperfect universe....--Norman Naimark In this fine collection of essays Paul Hollander continues his lifework of documenting the misperceptions and misrepresenations of ideologues and those under their influence. He shows time and again how peddlers of anti-Americanism are bent on underminingthe political system whose advantages they enjoy and abuse. By juxtaposing their claims and plain facts he exposes their indifference to truth and reason....--John Kekes Paul Hollander, one of our most distinguished political sociologists, has written a wide-ranging, personal, and trenchant set of essays about America and its adversaries, at home and abroad. With reflections on his own fascinating journey from Hungary toAmerica, Hollander provides unique and thought-provoking perspectives....--Norman J. Ornstein Hollander is one of the few critics who seriously address how celebrity culture has deeply altered the role and function of intellectuals. He reexamines his ideas about America's adversary culture, born of the 1960s, and provides ample illustrations of its continued vitality in new forms and voices....--Jonathan Imbershow more

About Paul Hollander

Paul Hollander is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a center associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.show more

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