NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY


NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY

SUZY HANSEN    Book Number: 90209    Product format: Paperback

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the invasion of Iraq, Suzy Hansen was enjoying success as a journalist for a New York newspaper. Increasingly though the disconnect between the chaos of world events and the response at home took on a pressing urgency for her. Seeking to understand the Muslim world that had been reduced to scaremongering headlines, she moved to Istanbul. She arrived with romantic ideas about a city perched between East and West, and a naïve sense of the Islamic world beyond. Over the course of years of living in Turkey and travelling in Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan and Iran, Suzy learned a great deal about these countries and their cultures, but the most unsettling surprise would be what she learned about her own country and herself, and American abroad in the era of American decline. Blending memoir, journalism and history this is a piercingly honest critique of the unexamined white American life. She gives an unsparing self-reflection explaining how she, an Ivy League-educated journalist, could be so ignorant of the extent of her country's role in the remaking of the post-World War Two world. Her fascinating insider's view of Erdogan's rise up ends Western simplicities. Paperback, 276pp.
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