Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed American Culture Since World War II by Richard Pells (review)

Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed American Culture Since World War II by Richard Pells (Oxford University Press, 1997)

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Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed American Culture Since World War II by Richard Pells (review)

by Richard H. King
Southern Cultures, Vol. 4, No. 4: The South in the World

Oxford University Press, 1997

For much of American history, Americans and Europeans (particularly Western Europeans) have been locked in an elaborate love-hate relationship. Though Richard Pells surveys the whole of American history, his focus in Not Like Us, as the subtitle indicates, is the post-1945 interaction of European and American culture. It has been, of course, in this American (Half-)Century that the cultural balance, along with the political and economic balance, has shifted. The result has been on most accounts the emergence of American hegemony.