Attractive Unattractive Americans: How The World Sees America, is a new book from award-winning Norwegian journalist and author René Zografos.
Almost every human being on the planet today knows something and feels something about America. It’s the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” American is responsible for hamburgers and Coca-Cola and color TV. It’s the so-called center of the universe, with the greatest athletes, tallest buildings, most famous movie stars, and biggest dreamers.
But what does a world that contains seven billion people really think about the most talked about – and controversial – nation on earth?
This is the question that inspired René Zografos to spend seven years interviewing people from seven continents to pen the definitive guide to the U.S.A.’s global reputation. In Attractive Unattractive Americans, Zografos – an award-winning Norwegian-Greek author of eight books and veteran journalist – brings together the voices of thousands of people from around the world to highlight their opinions of Americans and the country they live in.
From Mexico-born ‘Dog Whisperer’ Cesar Millan and a Bangkok-based tailor named Marco, to American girl-obsessed Italian teenagers and Swedish ex-pats living in Los Angeles, Attractive Unattractive Americans is chock-full of hundreds of unexpected insights, opinions, compliments and criticisms about the so-called “greatest country on earth.” It’s a fascinating, not-to-be-missed exploration of culture, politics, philosophy, and the American Dream the likes of which has never before been seen in one place.
“During my travels, I’ve always heard strong opinions about Americans and their country,” Zografos explains of his inspiration to pen Attractive Unattractive Americans. “And having been to the States quite often, I couldn’t understand some of the ideas I encountered about it. I had to find out, and now, I’ve got some real answers – good, bad, and ugly!”
Among the timely, unusual, and exceptionally entertaining questions Attractive Unattractive Americans addresses include:
- Are Americans liked or disliked when traveling abroad?
- Do people from other countries actually care about what’s going on in America?
- Is American music, film, fashion, and food as influential as we think it is?
- How do the great American cities actually stack up against the Hollywood portrayals of them?
- Are Americans attractive?
René Zografos is an award winning Norwegian author of fiction- and non-fiction books. His books and stories have won the hearts of thousands of readers since his first book release. Renés backgorund is journalism and photography. After years of education, René started to work in the largest woman- fashion- and feature magazine in Norway. Since then he has worked for several magazines and newspapers, as well as for artist, designers, publishing houses and many other customers around the world. René has also invented family-boardgames. You can read more about him at ReneZografos.com
I really enjoyed reading this book and I think it is well worth the read to hear what people from other countries think of America and Americans in general. Many of the stories are just really long paragraphs so it is easy to read through this book as you have time. Some are just one sentence opinions. Others are much longer. It’s not a book you need to sit down and read from start to finish. You can thumb through it and pick out stories to read when you are ready.
Excerpts from the Book:
“It’s obvious that these cruise ships are built for Americans. They have every form of entertainment, they have exceptional service, the food is free and the ships are so big that you can drive a car inside of them.” Marta, Italy
On May, 2013 Gunnar Garfors completed his quest to visit every country in the world. Here is what he thinks about how the USA compares to the rest of the world. “I have certainly changed my opinion about the U.S. after my world travels…I had a fantastic time, met many friends and learned a lot about the country….I have now developed more of a love-hate relationship with the country…Too many Americans come across a very superficial and speak largely in cliches and memorized phrases…Furthermore, they are not up to speed on what happens outside their own country, often not even what happens outside their own state.”
“It seems to me that the wives have all the command in many American marriages; it can’t be any good for the men there.” Leandro, Italy
“We don’t hate Americans a nation; we just hate their attitude toward the rest of the world.” Karin, Sweden
“Americans believe that the rest of the world is different from them. Not the other way around.” Khalid, Sweden
There are some opinions from people who lived in the US but moved to another country. The book is a collection of individual stories and people’s thoughts on America from all walks of life, ages, and countries. It was interesting to hear what people have to say. Some good and some bad. Some informed and some mis-informed. When opinion is involved it is based on a person’s experience and knowledge from that experience, so some of the mis-informed are probably taking someone else’s word for their thoughts rather than experiencing our country for themselves.
I’d have to say that I enjoyed hearing what other people say and how they see us, whether they are mis-informed or not. It is a good thing to look at yourself from another person’s perspective. Maybe we can actually learn a thing or two.
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