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Don't Tread on Me: Anti-Americanism Abroad

Carol Gould, 2009
ISBN 978-1-904863-35-9

Don't Tread on Me presents a searing indictment of the rampant anti-Americanism that has become so integral to British and European culture. In her 33 years as an American expatriate in Britain, Carol has seen it evolve from hatred of America for delaying its entry into World War II through disgust with Irish-American support for the IRA and loathing of the blanket support Israel has received from successive US governments, to fury at the wars unleashed by the Bush administration. Here Carol Gould explodes the falsehoods put about by the media and by anti-American and anti-Zionist politicians, and debunks the myths that, all too often, are to be heard at polite dinner parties. Deploying humour and irony, she examines the many aspects of American culture that are portrayed in a distorted and often cruel way. While Britons visiting the USA are treated everywhere with extraordinary warmth, Gould sees the exact opposite in Britain and Europe: a hatred that permeates every aspect of Americana. And she sees hatred of Israel intertwined with resentment of American support for the Jewish state. From Middle Eastern cafe owners calling her a racist ape to English football clubs threatening her over criticism of the behaviour of racist hooligans, she takes the reader on a journey of disturbing and often incomprehensible America-hatred.
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