What's the difference between Khomeini and Khaddafi? How can you tell a Tutsi from a Hutu? Is life really any better in Qatar? Learn the answers to these questions and more in What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World.
What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World, an entertaining guide to political science, current events, foreign affairs, and history is filled with:
*Handy pronunciation guides
*Illustrations and maps
What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World is the complete guide to what's happening at a time when knowledge about events on an international scale has never been more important.
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.
Inspired by September 11, in the author's words, "this book aims to provide you with: a contextual mapping of the world's geopolitical hot spots and a familiarity with the names, terms and ideas you need to know to decipher global events." Part almanac, part narrative, injected with subtle humor and commentary, it is informative, non-scholarly and formatted for a sound bite-accustomed audience, making the information easy to find. Forty-five topics, countries or regions are grouped by prominence in global politics under the headings: "Tickers," "Slow Tickers," "Talkers," and "The Big Picture." Touching on every world region, it mostly deals with the Middle East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and some Latin and South American countries. The role of the United States, positive or negative, is always included. An Afterword discourages complacency and discusses reader participation in the geo-political situation. Rossi's experience as a journalist living abroad is a reassuring measure of her authority on her subjects. Her Korea chapter completely agreed with a Today Show feature aired on May 19, 2003. She includes small maps, photos, a glossary, bibliography, list of resources, notes and an index. As a reference tool, this is not as comprehensive as traditional almanacs in facts on economy, education, and history and geography, but it is a must-have for supplementing the current events curriculum. This type of work is outdated as soon as it is published (we have experienced the Iraqi War since), but it will continue to be extremely valuable in understanding the issues. Recommended for every literate and thinking American citizen. KLIATT Codes: JSA Recommended for junior and seniorhigh school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Penguin Putnam, Plume, 382p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index.,