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

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Title : Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World
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ISBN : 0374280045
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Dana rated it ★★★★★

August 22, 2017

No doubt my rating is skewed by reading this in Istanbul, where I can see proof of Hansen's assertions about the effects of American imperialism all around me. She uses James Baldwin's astute, pellucid writing to establish a paradigm about American "innocence," the willed blindness that allows US...

Sandy rated it ★★★★★

August 22, 2017

Tore through this in a day when I ought to have been working on my own writing. Hansen beautifully blends a travelogue/capsule history of Turkey (and its relationship to the USA) with her own loss of innocence/ignorance about America's heavy cultural and political boot-print in the world. Hansen...

B. rated it ★★★☆☆

August 22, 2017

While I would definitely recommend this book, I'm very conflicted about it. There is a lot that I loved, mostly focused on the parts that are a travelouge of the author's time in Turkey. The part about her being seen as a potential "spy" or "CIA" also amused me as a longterm expat who sometimes h...

Tom Glaser rated it ★★★★★

August 02, 2017

The author of “Notes on a Foreign Country” grows up in small town on the Jersey Shore, gets an Ivy League education, becomes a journalist in New York and then gets a two-year fellowship to live in Turkey, a country she knows absolutely nothing about. She stays for 10 years. This is an interesting...

Dave rated it ★★★★☆

July 25, 2017

Suzy Hansen is awarded a fellowship that sends Americans abroad to report on foreign countries. Her first stop, on what turns into the better part of 10 years over seas, is to Turkey. She chooses Turkey because her favorite author James Baldwin lived in Instanbul and said "he felt more comfortabl...

Elizabeth rated it ★★★★★

September 17, 2017

Sometimes it's easier to see one's own country most clearly by traveling outside of it. I remember the incredulity of an Edinburgh cab driver at the reelection of George W. Bush. The curiosity of French friends about the separation of powers and perpetual congressional gridlock. Suzy Hansen took...

Peter rated it ★★★★★

August 20, 2017

It's hard to know where to start with this fascinating book. It's a memoir; a travel book; an examination of American foreign policy of the past century, more or less, particularly in the Middle East; that country's understanding of other cultures (government and people), an examination of Turkis...

Melinda rated it ★★★☆☆

August 27, 2017

Interesting, difficult, at times extremely dry, at times eye-opening.

Ruby rated it ★★★★★

September 08, 2017

"The American dream was to create our own destiny, but it's perhaps an ethical duty, as a human being, and as an American, to consider that our American dreams may have come at the expense of a million other destinies. To deny that is to deny the realities of millions of people, and forever sever...

bmo211 rated it ★★★★☆

September 12, 2017

This book should be assigned to every incoming college freshman in the United States. Every American should put down "Hillbilly Elegy" and read this book instead.

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