As Others See Us: The Causes and Consequences of Foreign
Perceptions of America, Stephen Brooks, Peterborough ON: Broadview,
2006, pp. 178.
As its title indicates, As Other See Us seeks to explain how
the United States of America is perceived abroad. Stephen Brooks argues
that while it is more important than ever to understand how foreigners
view America, academics and policymakers alike have tended to do a poor
job of it, because they overemphasize what America does and underemphasize
what America “is seen to be” (16). In other words, he suggests
that foreign interpretations of America are at least as important as
American actions or policy. For Brooks, perceptions matter a lot.