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Friendly Fire
By Julia E. Sweig

Friendly Fire

Losing Friends and Making Enemies in the Anti-American Century

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Friendly Fire by Julia E. Sweig

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This is a caustic examination of America's role in fostering the growth of anti-Americanism, and a compelling prescription for how to sort it out. In 1945 the US was the founding impulse behind the cornerstones of the International Community - the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and most of all the United Nations. Untainted by colonialism or fascism, heroic in warfare and idealistic at home, the US presented itself as a paragon to inspire a less noble and divided world. Sixty years later, that perception had been almost completely reversed. America had, in fact, quietly sowed the seeds of its own decline in the eyes of the world in its own backyard. Anti-Americanism, now a global phenomenon, was road tested in South America when most of the rest of the world was too distracted to notice or care. There, under the guise of anti-communism, the US sponsored dictatorships, turned a blind eye to killing squads and tolerated the subversion of democracy. Almost nobody knew, so it didn't matter, right? Wrong - on two counts. First, South America remembered. And second, encouraged by her success America convinced herself that pre-emptive anti-Americanism was a policy that could be shipped worldwide. This proved to be a big misjudgement. The world noticed, and, helped by better scrutiny and faster technology, anti-Americanism flourished among America's closest allies beyond the Americas in a way and to a depth not seen before. As this reaches a crucial tipping point, Julia Sweig offers a brilliant and blistering history of what went wrong, and a feisty and compelling prescription for how to sort it out.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781586485207
ISBN-10: 1586485202
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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This Independent Task Force report reviews the array of issues related to Brazil's emergence as a global power and offers concrete analysis and insight on the important U.S. relationship with Brazil.

Cubans by Julia E. Sweig Cubans, Hardback (March 2010)

Asked to conjure an image of Cuba, most Americans see a country of elegant, crumbling buildings and old American cars. This title features images of Cuba that range from the urban to the rural, from saturated colors and polished night skies to vibrant street scenes full of movement and sere agricultural landscapes.

Inside the Cuban Revolution by Julia E. Sweig Inside the Cuban Revolution, Paperback (October 2004)

Sweig shatters the mythology surrounding the Cuban Revolution in this compelling revisionist history that reconsiders the roles of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and restores to a central position the leadership of the Cuban urban underground. 20 halftones. 2 maps.

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Author Biography - Julia E. Sweig

Julia Sweig is Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, and Director of Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of several books, including Inside the Cuban Revolution and lives outside Washington DC.

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