Global Perspectives on the United States will enable US citizens to see their country through the eyes of others, providing useful information for international encounters and interactions, both personal and professional, in this interconnected world. For students and professionals elsewhere in the world, it is an essential source of background and comparative information that will help put current events into a deeper and broader context. The many, varied voices of the contributors, conveying perspectives of people from nations in all sorts of circumstances, spanning the spectrum of relations with the United States (from friendly intimacy to open hostility), will, we hope, help Americans and others see the world through clearer eyes. The more informed people are—especially regarding what others see and believe—the greater their chances to understand one another, and the greater the chance that the future will be a better one.
Levinson and Christensen and a worldwide editorial board provide insight into the views of and perspectives on the U.S. and its government, people, policies, and culture. Although the editors had hoped to determine these perspectives based on key historical events such as the American Revolution, World Wars I and II, and the founding of the UN, they discovered that most nations form opinions of the U.S. by answering two questions—What has the U.S. done for or to us lately? and What may the U.S. do for or to us in the future?
A word of caution—U.S. citizens should prepare to be both revered and insulted. Not recommended reading for thin-skinned patriots; however, a great resource for academic, public, and high-school libraries.
Booklist Starred Review
The entire set is designed to make the US’s complex relationship with the rest of the world more comprehensible to scholars and general readers alike… The editors have made an exceptional effort to make subjects easy to find… A valuable resource for analysts looking for background information; upper-level undergraduate and beginning graduate students looking for issues on which to conduct research; and general users trying to understand the US’s place in the world. Summing Up: Recommended. Academic and public libraries.