Re: Q2 2007 Nonfiction Book Poll!
Perhaps you'll consider me shallow, but how USians "perceive the presidential decisions that have affected the global situation" is all I ever see. That's what the air-, print- & net-waves are full of.
Now, what I'd like to see is a book that discusses how the rest of the world perceives the US presidential decisions that have affected the global situation...written by someone who is not from this continent, who is honest in her/his opinions & perceptions, who doesn't care about selling his/her book in the USA (and is thus not bleating the 'oh please like me even though I'm not one of you' approved point of view), and who is an engaging writer. I may have to wait a few hundred years before some writer exists who is not emotionally, politically, economically, mentally, socially (etc.) tied to the USA in some way.
I'm not saying that the author of Second Chance is in any way dishonest or opportunistic -- I just think that people who live in the USA often believe that the rest of us can't wait to continue the discussion of who/what you and your country represents.
But maybe that's what makes a book successful on BookTalk: People in the USA are passionate about their country. The Omnivore's Dilemma had themes that we could have discussed a lot longer than we did, as did The Third Chimpanzee -- but they were books that covered broad topics, of general interest to everyone, but not really passionate interest to anyone. The Freethinker books get a lot of discussion, because everyone involved is passionate about the topic. Hmm.
Ah well. Let the votes fall where they may. I'm pretty busy anyway!
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