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As its subtitle suggests, this succinct book examines the sources and effects of foreign perceptions of America. Brooks (Univ. of Windsor, Canada) argues that the conventional wisdom that foreigners hate the US because of its foreign policy actions is much too simplistic. Rather, he claims that foreign perceptions and images are rooted in numerous sources and mediated by media and political elites. Accordingly, a more nuanced explanation must take into account the role of foreign values and interests that structure perceptions of America in the world. Using international public opinion data from Inglehart's World Values Surveys and the Pew Center's Global Attitudes Project, Brooks provides important comparisons between the norms and values of America and those of selected foreign countries. Students of international affairs and more particularly public opinion and foreign policy, as well as public officials, will find this study a useful overview of a growing gap in American and foreign values. This clearly written, jargon-free book is recommended for all academic libraries. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers, lower- and upper-division undergraduates, and practitioners. M. Amstutz Wheaton College
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