By Gary Althen

ISBN-10: 0585434409

ISBN-13: 9780585434407

ISBN-10: 1877864994

ISBN-13: 9781877864995

I believe lots of people which are American or have an American lifestyle, may perhaps locate it uncomfortable as the e-book issues either to strengths and flaws. we do not like our flaws to be uncovered. that is why lots of people provide it undesirable scores. yet as a foreigner residing within the US, i feel the writer is true at the funds on every little thing he says. After this, I essentially comprehend American tradition extra. i'm now much less judgemental approximately americans. you cannot pass judgement on anyone for anything they grew up with iteration after iteration and for issues that they realized that could be irrelevant for different cultures, yet have been very applicable for his or her environment and atmosphere. So congratulations to the author!!! and now I comprehend american citizens and do not pass judgement on them frivolously.

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The main exceptions are those Americans who have lived or at least traveled extensively in other countries and those who have in some other way had extensive experience with people from abroad. Many Americans will also make an exception for a foreigner who has demonstrated some skill, personality trait, or intellectual capability that commands respect. British writers, German scientists, Korean martial arts specialists, and Kenyan runners, among others, readily have many Americans’ respect. ” It is indeed difficult to explain how one cultural group differs from another.

Regardless of income, Americans tend to spend money rather freely on material goods. Items that were once considered luxuries, such as personal computers, telephone answering machines, microwave ovens, and electric garage-door openers are now considered “necessities” by many Americans. Credit cards, which are widely available even to teenagers, encourage spending, and of course the scale and scope of the advertising industry is well known. Americans are often criticized for being so “materialistic,” AMERICAN VALUES AND ASSUMPTIONS 27 so concerned with acquiring possessions.

Americans generally believe their democratic political system is the best possible one, since it gives all citizens the right and opportunity to try to influence government policy and since it protects citizens from arbitrary government actions. They also believe the system is superior because it gives them the freedom to complain about anything they consider wrong with it. Americans generally believe their country’s free-market economic system has enabled them to enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the history of the world.

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