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Start your review of Un italiano in America Write a review Shelves: After living in Naples for three years, the first couple of chapters of this book made me laugh out loud, read parts aloud to my husband, and then laugh again with him. He comments that watching Americans stay in their lanes and drive the speed limit on the highway is After living in Naples for three years, the first couple of chapters of this book made me laugh out loud, read parts aloud to my husband, and then laugh again with him. He comments that watching Americans stay in their lanes and drive the speed limit on the highway is "surreal" - extra funny if you have risked your life on the autostrada. Unfortunately, after the initial move-in essays, he really lost me. Writing a book in the nineties about technology-obsessed Americans is going to get dated quick.

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Ma non sono americano. Tutta gente moderata: molto diversa da Michael Moore, per intenderci. Fossi un americano, mi spiacerebbe — come minimo — essere tanto incompreso. Mi irriterei sapendo che vari autocrati nel mondo dalla Thailandia alla Malesia, dal Kenya alla Nigeria citano la recente legislazione Usa per legittimare pratiche repressive.

Ma il marketing talvolta fa miracoli. Many people do not want even to listen to this kind of talk. I see this myself, from my own small observatory. Every time someone criticizes the policies of George W. The question is important, because it has been some time since a presidential election has had this kind of profile.

They disagreed with various initiatives. One day, they were applauding the freedom of the US press, and the next they were attacking the healthcare system.

But their underlying respect was beyond question. America was still the pride of the free world. America seems incapable of securing the appreciation it deserves for its history, its political culture and its successes.

The capital of sympathy accumulated after September 11 has evaporated. Many people have written to that effect. Note that all these people are moderates, and poles apart from, say, Michael Moore.

Of course, the world may have gone crazy. It may simply not see that the current administration is right all along the line, on preventive wars, public order laws, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, international courts, the Red Cross, distrust of the United Nations, attempts to split Europe, general diffidence, and specific reticences. I repeat, the current administration may have understood everything. Perhaps, as George W.

But history is tomorrow, whereas unpopularity is today, and has repercussions. If I were an American, I would be disappointed — to say the very least — that I was so misunderstood. It would irk that assorted autocrats around the world, from Thailand to Malaysia, Kenya and Nigeria, point to recent US legislation to legitimize repressive practices.

How is it possible to have suffered terrorism, fought for a century against dictatorships, welcomed migrants from all over the world, given the world a dozen Nobel Laureates and Julia Roberts, yet still be so unpopular?

Put me through to marketing! But marketing can accomplish miracles. Beppe Severgnini.

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