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What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World

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Publisher Comments:

Confused about the news? Slip out of the room when friends talk current events? Now you can keep up with ease and learn to talk like a diplomat.

Among the things you?ll soon be able to slip into everyday conversation:

  • What is the difference between Kurdistan and Kazakhstan?
  • Which world leader kidnapped his favorite actress?
  • Why is Osama bin Laden so mad?
  • Which countries still have slaves?
  • Why is Kashmir ?the most dangerous place in the world??
  • What country has the most Muslims?
  • Why are they fighting in Chechnya?
  • What little box prompted Hutus to kill Tutsis?
  • Who is Prince Turki and how did his hunting trip change history?
  • How are cows fueling the fighting between India's Muslims and Hindus?
  • Which country drew maps that have resulted in the most intractable wars?
  • What is controversial UN Resolution 242?
  • What makes Qatar stand out?
  • What country does Sumatran coffee come from?
  • What country?s fakes forced the US to redesign the $100 bill?
  • Who is the FARC and why have they been fighting for decades?
An entertaining guide to political science, current events, foreign affairs, and history, What Every American Should Know about the Rest of the World gives you the vocabulary and background you need to decipher the modern world in a simple-to-understand format.

Review:

"Snot-nosed Europeans think we Americans are dumber than bricks just because we don?t know Zimbabwe from Zinfandel. Now Rossi?s slipping us the crib notes so we can palaver with the best of them. World-dumb to world-savvy in 400 pages ? what a bargain: buy two and send one to the President." Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Review:

"Possession of this book is like having at one?s beck and call an exceptionally smart, funny, knowledgeable and well-travelled friend. Rossi?s compact guide to a world on the brink of catastrophic detonation is lucid, stylish, rich in common sense, engagingly browsable, and I pray someone will have the wit to park a copy in every White House bathroom." Jonathan Raban, author of Arabia and Bad Land: An American Romance

Review:

"Simple. Brilliant. Timely. M.L.Rossi cuts through the jargon and cuts to the quick in her funny, wise analysis of geopolitics. A cheat sheet every thinking person will treasure." Farai Chideya, political analyst and author of Don?t Believe the Hype and The Color of Our Future

Review:

"M.L.Rossi is the post-millennial Lewis and Clark, sending artful missives to us in What Every American Should Know about the Rest of the World of what and where our country has gotten into....At a time when CNN and McDonalds have shrunk the world to the size of a postage stamp, Rossi returns the planet to a proper scale, with prose ranking with Paul Theroux?s travel writing and Murray Kempton?s political commentary." Neal Karlen, author of Slouching Toward Fargo

Review:

"Tell me, do you know the difference between Khomeini and Qaddafi? A Hutu and a Tutsi? M. L. Rossi rides the rescue, spelling out What Every American Should Know about the Rest of the World and not a moment too soon..." Elissa Schappell, Hot Type, June 2003 Vanity Fair

Synopsis:

Confused about the news? Slip out of the room when friends talk current events? Now you can keep up with ease and learn to talk like a diplomat.

Among the things you’ll soon be able to slip into everyday conversation:

  • What is the difference between Kurdistan and Kazakhstan?
  • Why did North Korea’s leader kidnap his favorite actress?
  • Why is Osama bin Laden so mad?
  • Which countries still have slaves?
  • Why is Kashmir “the most dangerous place in the world?”
  • What country has the most Muslims?
  • Why are they fighting in Chechnya?
  • What little box prompted Hutus to kill Tutsis?
  • Who is Prince Turki and how did his hunting trip change history?
  • How are cows fueling the fighting between India's Muslims and Hindus?
  • Which country drew maps that have resulted in the most intractable wars?
  • What is controversial UN Resolution 242?
  • What makes Qatar stand out?
  • What country does Sumatran coffee come from?
  • What country’s fakes forced the US to redesign the $100 bill?
  • Who is the FARC and why have they been fighting for decades?

An entertaining guide to political science, current events, foreign affairs, and history, What Every American Should Know about the Rest of the World gives you the vocabulary and background you need to decipher the modern world in a simple-to-understand format.

Synopsis:

What's the difference between Khomeini and Khaddafi? How can you tell a Tutsi from a Hutu? The answers to these questions and others are found in this entertaining guide to political science, current events, foreign affairs, and history.

About the Author

Melissa Rossi is an award-winning veteran journalist who has penned articles for Newsweek, Newsday, Esquire, George, MSNBC, The New York Observer, and, until recently, wrote a regular column for National Geographic Traveler. She has written extensively about Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has lived abroad for many years.

Table of Contents

What Every American Should Know About the Rest of The World Introduction

Part One. Tickers

Iraq

Israel and Palestine

Indonesia

Kashmir/India/Pakistan

North Korea

Colombia

Part Two. Slow Tickers

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Egypt

Iran

China

Taiwan

Sudan

Afghanistan

Somalia

Japan

Part Three. Talkers

Turkey

Caucasus Combo

The 'Stans

Philippines

Syria

Lebanon

Spain

Jordan

Mideast Medley

Balkan Bunch

United Kingdom

Western Europe

Rwanda

Thailand

Latin American Medley

Cuba

Libya

Venezuela

Mexico

Nigeria

African Assortment

Southeast Asia Sampler

Canada

Part Four. The Big Picture

Africa

Asia

Europe

Latin America

North America

Oceania

Issues: A Very Brief Overview

Afterword: Ten Things You Can Do

Glossary

Terms of War, Peace, Religion and Geography

Power Players and Elitist Groups

Bibliography

Resources

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452284050
Author:
Rossi, Melissa
Publisher:
Plume Books
Author:
Rossi, Melissa
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
World politics
Subject:
National security
Subject:
Intervention (International law)
Subject:
Intervention.
Subject:
Low-intensity conflicts
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Politics/Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
no. 268
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.14x5.98x.85 in. .94 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review" by , "Snot-nosed Europeans think we Americans are dumber than bricks just because we don?t know Zimbabwe from Zinfandel. Now Rossi?s slipping us the crib notes so we can palaver with the best of them. World-dumb to world-savvy in 400 pages ? what a bargain: buy two and send one to the President."
"Review" by , "Possession of this book is like having at one?s beck and call an exceptionally smart, funny, knowledgeable and well-travelled friend. Rossi?s compact guide to a world on the brink of catastrophic detonation is lucid, stylish, rich in common sense, engagingly browsable, and I pray someone will have the wit to park a copy in every White House bathroom."
"Review" by , "Simple. Brilliant. Timely. M.L.Rossi cuts through the jargon and cuts to the quick in her funny, wise analysis of geopolitics. A cheat sheet every thinking person will treasure."
"Review" by , "M.L.Rossi is the post-millennial Lewis and Clark, sending artful missives to us in What Every American Should Know about the Rest of the World of what and where our country has gotten into....At a time when CNN and McDonalds have shrunk the world to the size of a postage stamp, Rossi returns the planet to a proper scale, with prose ranking with Paul Theroux?s travel writing and Murray Kempton?s political commentary."
"Review" by , "Tell me, do you know the difference between Khomeini and Qaddafi? A Hutu and a Tutsi? M. L. Rossi rides the rescue, spelling out What Every American Should Know about the Rest of the World and not a moment too soon..."
"Synopsis" by ,

Confused about the news? Slip out of the room when friends talk current events? Now you can keep up with ease and learn to talk like a diplomat.

Among the things you’ll soon be able to slip into everyday conversation:

  • What is the difference between Kurdistan and Kazakhstan?
  • Why did North Korea’s leader kidnap his favorite actress?
  • Why is Osama bin Laden so mad?
  • Which countries still have slaves?
  • Why is Kashmir “the most dangerous place in the world?”
  • What country has the most Muslims?
  • Why are they fighting in Chechnya?
  • What little box prompted Hutus to kill Tutsis?
  • Who is Prince Turki and how did his hunting trip change history?
  • How are cows fueling the fighting between India's Muslims and Hindus?
  • Which country drew maps that have resulted in the most intractable wars?
  • What is controversial UN Resolution 242?
  • What makes Qatar stand out?
  • What country does Sumatran coffee come from?
  • What country’s fakes forced the US to redesign the $100 bill?
  • Who is the FARC and why have they been fighting for decades?

An entertaining guide to political science, current events, foreign affairs, and history, What Every American Should Know about the Rest of the World gives you the vocabulary and background you need to decipher the modern world in a simple-to-understand format.

"Synopsis" by , What's the difference between Khomeini and Khaddafi? How can you tell a Tutsi from a Hutu? The answers to these questions and others are found in this entertaining guide to political science, current events, foreign affairs, and history.
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