American dream, global nightmare.

Sardar, Ziauddin and Davies, Merryl Wyn (2004) American dream, global nightmare. Icon Books. ISBN 9781840465723

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Abstract

There is something deeply wrong with America. The American dream has become a global nightmare from which we all need to awake as quickly as possible. The American Empire is now an unavoidable fact of life for the whole planet. In their previous book, Why Do People Hate America?, Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies looked at how the USA is seen around the world. In this, the hard-hitting sequel, they ask: how does America perceive itself? The myths that America believes in have dire consequences for people everywhere. American Dream, Global Nightmare examines the cultural delusions of America, and diagnoses the root of the problem as 'American psychosis', a grotesque and dangerous imbalance between fantasy and reality. Propelled by its mythology, America pursues its dream relentlessly. Here, the authors expose the dark side of that fantasy: death, suffering, perpetual fear, an increasing divide between rich and poor, a squandering of the human future, and the relentless building of more and more pretexts for future wars.

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