“Not recommended reading for thin-skinned patriots; however, a great resource for academic, public, and high-school libraries.” (Booklist)
We’re living through an extraordinary moment in history when the character and ideals of our nation are being questioned by the rest of the world. In response to this reexamination of who we are and what we represent, Berkshire Publishing has made one of its titles, Global Perspectives on the United States, freely available online at http://www.berkshirepublishing.com/gp/.
According to the publisher,
Global Perspectives on the United States will enable US citizens to see their country through the eyes of others, providing useful information for international encounters and interactions, both personal and professional, in this interconnected world. For students and professionals elsewhere in the world, it is an essential source of background and comparative information that will help put current events into a deeper and broader context. The many, varied voices of the contributors, conveying perspectives of people from nations in all sorts of circumstances, spanning the spectrum of relations with the United States (from friendly intimacy to open hostility), will, we hope, help Americans and others see the world through clearer eyes.
Excerpt from an article found in the section on US Values:
Americans have always believed that they are a special people with a special destiny. This is the essence of American exceptionalism, the idea that the United States is set apart from other nations by its unique national character and a global mission to spread the values of freedom and democracy. Americans have embraced this national myth for more than two centuries. It holds that the Americans possess trademark qualities of rugged individualism and entrepreneurial spirit, a willingness to fight for democratic principles, and a strong sense of morality and idealism. These qualities are coupled with the belief that the United States is endowed with a special responsibility to serve as a global champion of liberal and democratic values….
Read the entire article and more at http://www.berkshirepublishing.com/gp/