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 ★★★★★

December 01, 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) and some other countries with her own loss of innocence/ignorance about America's heavy cultural and political boot-pr...

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...

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.

Nancy rated it ★★★★★

October 04, 2017

Suzy Hansen won a writing fellowship in 2007 from Charles Crane, “a Russophile and scion of a plumbing-parts fortune,” and it allowed her to go abroad for 2 years. She went to Turkey, much to the dismay of her family and friends. This grant was rumored to have been reserved for spies but Suzy was...

kasia rated it ★★★★★

September 30, 2017

Required reading. Never before have I encountered a text that so fully lives up to the promise travel offers to learn about the self. Hansen goes to Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Iran -- and everywhere, she finds America. Not in some kind of narcissistic, navel-gazing way, but in her willingness to conf...

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...

Thorn rated it ★★★★★

September 04, 2017

"I wondered how often it was that anyone told white Americans the truth." Here's a rare book about learning to hear truth anyway.

Karen rated it ★★★★★

November 04, 2017

I read part of this book on a U.S. military base, half an hour before the opening of a USO center. Her words were still in my mind as the keynote speaker brought up the North Korean threat, the Marshall plan, the importance of American military might in sustaining peace in the Pacific and the sup...

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