Notes on a Foreign Country : An American Abroad in a Post-American World

Notes on a Foreign Country : An American Abroad in a Post-American World 'A deeply honest and brave portrait of of an individual sensibility reckoning with her country's violent role in the world' Hisham Matar New York Times Book ReviewIn the wake of the 11th September attacks and the US-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 IstanbulHansen arrived in Istanbul 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 in Greece Egypt Afghanistan and Iran she learned a great deal about these countries and their cultures and 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 American 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 one-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 American in a moment of grave national and global turmoil
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