Suzy Hansen - Notes on a Foreign Country

In the wake of the September 11 attacks and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Suzy Hansen, who grew up in an insular conservative town in New Jersey, was enjoying early success as a journalist for a high-profile New York newspaper. Increasingly, though, the disconnect between the chaos of world events and the response at home took on pressing urgency for her. Seeking to understand the Muslim world that had been reduced to scaremongering headlines, she moved to Istanbul.

Hansen arrived in Istanbul with romantic ideas about a mythical city perched between East and West, and with a naive sense of the Islamic world beyond. Over the course of her many years of living in Turkey and traveling in Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Iran, she learned a great deal about these countries and their cultures and histories and politics. But the greatest, most unsettling surprise would be what she learned about her own country--and herself, an American abroad in the era of American decline. 

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 5:00pm
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140 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9780374280048
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 15th, 2017

A young woman left her country and moved to Istanbul and discovered America