“There are many places in the world that we know less about than the United States of America,” Costa writes at the beginning of the book, “but there are no places with a wider gap than the United States between what we think we know and that that we actually know. ” Because of the gigantic US influence in our consumption and in our culture, in fact, “we think we know America well when in reality, in most cases, our idea is a mixture of clichés and little concrete information”, mixed to our “local political support”. The book tries to bridge this gap through some stories that allow you to get to know the people who live in the most powerful country in the world a little better, by answering some frequent questions about America and Americans: why this absurd health system? Why don’t they want to get rid of weapons? What is the secret and cost of the economic dominance of the United States? How do you get Barack Obama and Donald Trump to preside in a few years? In the book emerges the picture of a nation still very powerful but in the throes of enormous transformations and problems, a nation experiencing an era of deep and painful loss. In short, an America that is struggling to recognize itself: “The United States is going through a delicate moment. A series of changes, social, demographic and economic transformations have changed in recent years that have changed the identity of the country. Hence the inevitable loss “.
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