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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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Searching for Monsters to Destroy

Searching for Monsters to Destroy

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Why America Misunderstands the World

Paul R. Pillar

Columbia University Press

The U.S. experience with past foreign wars, especially the world wars of the twentieth century, heavily color American perceptions of later international conflicts. The principal American view sees clear line-ups of good vs. bad, and clear distinctions between war and peace.

Keywords:   war, peace, Cold War, Jackson, terrorism, demonization, Hitler

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