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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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.