History offers ample proof of AmericaOs pride and prejudice, a twin handicap that prevents effective communication with the rest of the world. Using literature, political science, philosophy, and humor, the book explores some of the reasons for AmericaOs current predicament. It ends, however, on a positive note, describing some heartening initiatives, and expressing confidence in the sustaining power of the American spirit. Dr. Pilon's analysis should prove useful to scholars and practitioners, indeed to anyone interested in improving the interaction between America and the world.
Juliana Geran Pilon teaches politics and culture at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. The author of The Bloody Flag and Notes From the Other Side of Night, her writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator, The National Interest, The Freeman, Humanitas, and many other publications both in the United States and abroad. Born in Romania, she received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago, then held post-doctoral fellowships in international affairs at Stanford UniversityOs Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace and the Institute of Humane Studies. During the 1990s she was Vice President of Programs at IFES (International Foundation for Election Systems) and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Chapter 1 Preface: On a Personal Note Chapter 2 Why America is Such a Hard Sell: An Overview Chapter 3 Introduction: America's Mixed Legacy Part 4 I. Why America is Such a Hard Sell Chapter 5 1. How Can You Tell? Chapter 6 2. It's Them, Not Us Chapter 7 3. Consumerism Uber Alles Chapter 8 4. Empire Lite and Not-So-Lite Chapter 9 5. Watch Out for the Entertainment Chapter 10 6. The Nonstarter Solutions: More Pride and Prejudice Part 11 II. The Legacy of Pride Chapter 12 7. History of a Paradox Chapter 13 8. Americans Self-Exiled to Self-Sufficiency Chapter 14 9. Exceptionalist Nationalism Chapter 15 10. Too Proud to Play Hardball at the U.N. Chapter 16 11. Strategic Public Diplomacy: Just for Dummies? Chapter 17 12. The Price of Pride Part 18 III. The Legacy of Prejudice Chapter 19 13. Why Learn about Others? Chapter 20 14. No Place Like Home Chapter 21 15. Biased against Intelligence Part 22 IV. Public Diplomacy the Hard Way Chapter 23 16. Soft Power for Softies? Chapter 24 17. Misreading Machiavelli Chapter 25 18. Speakers-in-Chief Define the New World Chapter 26 19. Presidential Highlights from the Three World Wars Chapter 27 20. Post-Cold War Semantic Impasse Part 28 V. Opting for Sense and Sensibility Chapter 29 21. Is the United States Really Such a "Hard Sell"? Chapter 30 22. Global Strategic Outreach: Doing It Right Chapter 31 23. False Sensibility vs. True Sense Chapter 32 24. The Five (or Six) Basic Rules of Global Strategic Outreach Chapter 33 Conclusion: Not for Sale