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Anti-Americanism edited by Andrew Ross and Kristin Ross; Understanding Anti-Americanism, edited by Paul Hollander

- Abstract

The “only comparison” to the way the United States is behaving on the world stage these days, the British playwright Harold Pinter said recently, is the Third Reich: “Nazi Germany wanted total domination of Europe and they nearly did [accomplish that]. The U.S. wants total domination of the world and is about to consolidate that.” According to Norman Mailer, the “specter of fascism” has been hanging over America, a specter that could become reality “if we are struck by economic miseries.”

Such comparisons have been all too easy to find lately. Indeed, in the years since the attacks of September 11, and particularly in the aftermath of the American response, expressions of hatred and contempt for the United States in general, and for its leaders and policies in particular, have become a staple not only of imams and rabble-rousers in the Muslim world but of Western cultural elites, both at home and abroad.

About the Author

Arch Puddington is director of research at Freedom House and the author, most recently, of Lane Kirkland: Champion of American Labor.