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In Defence of America by Bronwen Maddox


In Defence of America by Bronwen Maddox

The world has turned against the United States in recent years. The invasion of Iraq, America's refusal to sign the Kyoto accords, detention without trial in Guantanamo, the spread of American movies and fast food into every corner of the globe - all have contributed to a feeling that the United States is abusing its position as the world's sole superpower. But there is another side to the story. In this provocative, brilliant book, acclaimed foreign affairs columnist Bronwen Maddox shows how critics of America take the best of it for granted and exaggerate the worst. She shows how opponents often unfairly equate American mistakes with moral failings, and how the US frequently makes its own case badly, even when it is on strong ground. At a time when the US is coming under increasing scrutiny in the wake of Barack Obama's promise of change, In Defence of America is essential reading for anyone who cares about America's place in the world, and its future.


'A marvellous book which shows how vital American engagement is to the world. Bronwen Maddox is a superb and very knowledgeable writer who has the utmost courage of her convictions' - William Shawcross. 'A must-read to grasp why the US matters and why anti-Americanism is the modern socialism of fools' - The Times. 'Unrivalled expertise and elegance... The chapter on Guantanamo and torture must be required reading for law students and presidential hopefuls alike' - Shami Chakrabarti. 'Authoritative... erudite' - Observer. 'Bronwen Maddox is just the kind of friend-and-defender the U.S. needs these days: basically supportive, constructively critical, and skilful at presenting the big picture in concise, readable form' - Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution. 'She is a tough critic rather than a blind apologist... It is her air of authority, the rigour of her thinking and the evidence she marshals that make her argument on behalf of America so persuasive' - Daily Mail (Critics Choice).'

About the Author

Bronwen Maddox is the Chief Foreign Commentator for The Times.

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Publication date

1st November 2009


Bronwen Maddox

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Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd an imprint of Duckworth Overlook


208 pages


International relations



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