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Why America Misunderstands the WorldNational Experience and Roots of Misperception$
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Paul R. Pillar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165907

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165907.001.0001

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Abundance and Power

Abundance and Power

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Why America Misunderstands the World

Paul R. Pillar

Columbia University Press

The wealth of the United States, and the power that flows from it, makes it hard for Americans to understand the perspectives and objectives of those in less powerful countries. It also leads to excessive American optimism about what the United States is capable of accomplishing abroad.

Keywords:   prosperity, frontier, Manifest Destiny, Native Americans, Israel

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