Notes on a Foreign Country – by Suzy Hansen (Paperback) Reviews


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Notes on a Deeply honest and brave . . . A sincere and intelligent act of self-questioning . . . Hansen is doing something both rare and necessary. –Hisham Matar The New York Times Book Review (cover) A piercingly honest critique of the unexamined white American life. –The New Yorker Informed by deep reading in the history of U.S. foreign policy . . . At a time when our wrenching politics have turned our gaze on ourselves [Hansens] book is a necessary tonic. –Christian Lorentzen New York Magazine Searching and searing . . . [Suzy Hansen] combines a brisk history of Americas anguished intervention in the region; artful reporting on how citizens in Turkey and its neighbors view the United States today; and unsparing self-reflection to explain how she an Ivy League-educated journalist could be so ignorant of the extent of her countrys role in remaking the post-World War II world . . . Notes on a Foreign Country is a testament to one journalists courage in digging deep within herself to understand the real story and to make sure she gets it right. –Barbara Spindel The Christian Science Monitor [Hansen] asks probing and difficult questions that left me ruminating about their significance in our current political climate . . . An insightful read for any American who is has been or will be living abroad . . . Hansens book serves as a call to serious reflection and action for white Americans even and perhaps especially the liberal well traveled and well intentioned. –Rebecca Barr Los Angeles Review of Books Compelling . . . [Hansen] vividly captures the disorientation we experience when our preconceived notions collide with uncomfortable discoveries . . . Rare and refreshing . . . Hansens principal injunction to Americans to understand how others view them and their countrys policies is timely and urgent. –Ali Wyne The Washington Post Hansen turns a coming-of-age travelogue into a geopolitical memoir of sorts without sacrificing personal urgency in the process . . . Her long stay in Istanbul (shes still there) gives her an outsiders vantage on myopic American arrogance that is bracing. And her fascinating insiders view of Recep Tayyip Erdogans rise upends Western simplicities . . . The experience is contagious. –Ann Hulbert The Atlantic A kind of absolution and redemption for one thoughtful and sensitive US citizen . . . conducted by an insightful writer with remarkable powers of observation. –Kaya Genç The New York Review of Books A fluid amalgam of memoir journalism and political critique — and a very readable challenge to American exceptionalism. –Alice Troy-Donovan The Financial Times Extraordinary . . . This is a beautiful angry sad piece of writing that every American should read as we try to live in a world that has long known things about us that we are only now coming to understand. –Ruth Conniff The Progressive Ardent often lovely . . . If Noam Chomsky could write like this Hansens work would already be done. –Karl Vick TIME It would be difficult for an American reader not to feel changed by this book. By framing the history of American imperialism within her own journey from innocence to knowledge Hansen serves as a guide to whom we all can easily relate. –Andrew Wessels Los Angeles Review of Books Hansens sustained self-criticism indicts the white American system itself and in the process does the field of journalism a great service with her humility introspection and willingness to defy the establishment line. –Belén Fernández Jacobin Crucial and powerful . . . A keen and penetrating meditation on the decline of the United States . . . Downright prophetic. –Ryne Clos Spectrum Culture Sobering yet hopeful . . . Written with compassion and a deep thirst for justice this book is a must for anyone struggling to make sense of the rapidly changing times we live in. –Jeannine M. Pitas America Eloquent and impassioned . . . Hansen leaves us with the fervent hope that Americans can reconnect us to the rest of humanity. –Tom Zelman Minneapolis Star-Tribune Fascinating . . . Hansen artfully conveys her own initial lack of awareness of the world and her realization that she had internalized American exceptionalism into her own identity. –The National Book Review Hansens must-read book makes the argument that Americans specifically white Americans are decades overdue in examining and accepting their countrys imperial identity . . . Hansen builds her winning argument by combining personal examination and observation with geopolitical history lessons. She is a fearless patriot and this is a book for the brave. –Emily Dziuban Booklist (starred review) Lucid reflective probing and poetic Hansens book is also a searing critique of the ugly depths of American ignorance made more dangerous because the declining U.S. imperial system coincides with decay at home. The book is a revelatory indictment of American policy both domestic and foreign made Notes on a Foreign Country – by