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The Resource Why America misunderstands the world : national experience and roots of misperception, Paul R. Pillar

Why America misunderstands the world : national experience and roots of misperception, Paul R. Pillar

Label
Why America misunderstands the world : national experience and roots of misperception
Title
Why America misunderstands the world
Title remainder
national experience and roots of misperception
Statement of responsibility
Paul R. Pillar
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Being insulated by two immense oceans makes it hard for Americans to appreciate the concerns of more exposed countries. American democracy's rapid rise also fools many into thinking the same liberal system can flourish anywhere, and having populated a vast continent with relative ease impedes Americans' understanding of conflicts between different peoples over other lands. Paul R. Pillar ties the American public's misconceptions about foreign threats and behaviors to the nation's history and geography, arguing that American success in international relations is achieved often in spite of, rather than because of, the public's worldview. Drawing a fascinating line from colonial events to America's handling of modern international terrorism, Pillar shows how presumption and misperception turned Finlandization into a dirty word in American policy circles, bolstered the "for us or against us" attitude that characterized the policies of the George W. Bush administration, and continue to obscure the reasons behind Iraq's close relationship with Iran. Fundamental misunderstandings have created a cycle in which threats are underestimated before an attack occurs and then are overestimated after they happen. By exposing this longstanding tradition of misperception, Pillar hopes the United States can develop policies that better address international realities rather than biased beliefs." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pillar, Paul R.
Dewey number
327.73
Index
index present
LC call number
JZ1480
LC item number
.P55 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • United States
  • National characteristics, American
  • Public opinion
  • Nationalcharakter
  • Öffentliche Meinung
  • Weltbild
  • Außenpolitik
  • USA
Label
Why America misunderstands the world : national experience and roots of misperception, Paul R. Pillar
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The American Prism -- 2. Behind the Ocean Moats -- 3. Abundance and Power -- 4. The Successful Society -- 5. Searching for Monsters to Destroy -- 6. Unending Misperception
Control code
ocn915309892
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 212 pages
Isbn
9780231165907
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015016432
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40025727967
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780231165907
  • (OCoLC)915309892
Label
Why America misunderstands the world : national experience and roots of misperception, Paul R. Pillar
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The American Prism -- 2. Behind the Ocean Moats -- 3. Abundance and Power -- 4. The Successful Society -- 5. Searching for Monsters to Destroy -- 6. Unending Misperception
Control code
ocn915309892
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 212 pages
Isbn
9780231165907
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015016432
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40025727967
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780231165907
  • (OCoLC)915309892

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