Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World

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photoHow is America perceived in a rapidly changing world? After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, writer Jedediah Purdy went to find out. His journey took him to Asia, Africa, and around the States. He found Westernized Egyptian party girls who consider Osama bin Laden a hero; an environmental activist in Indonesia whose models are American business consultants and Afgan Jihadis. He examined how America can simultaneously inspire love and hate.


Jedediah Purdy, author of new book "Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World;" Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst and Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly magazine.

This program aired on March 3, 2003.


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