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A Furious Hunger
A Furious Hunger

A Furious Hunger

America in the 21st Century


240 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $37.95)

Publication Date: April 1999

ISBN 9780522847925

Rights: US & CA

Melbourne University Press (Apr 1999)

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At the end of the 20th century, the United States—the most powerful nation on earth—is driven by quasi-religious patriotism and by conspicuous materialism. At once restless and violent, creative and democratic, it is also, at another level, deeply unsure of itself. Bruce Grant’s engrossing text reveals the core of America’s greatness—and its vulnerability. Americans believe that their country is blessed and exceptional—blessed by God and nature, exceptional because of their management of the twin icons, democracy and capitalism. But have Americans separated themselves too much from the rest of the world? Can they meet the challenge of the 21st century, which is to provide true global leadership? A Furious Hunger is a penetrating exploration of America’s way of life, its people, its history, its rhetoric, its government and politics, and its arts and popular culture. The author’s “modest intention” is to try to understand the United States better, not as the leader of the Western world, but as itself. Bruce Grant writes critically and sympathetically of the country and the people he has visited and observed for more than 30 years. Clever and subtle, his writing uncovers the American way through conversations, visual images, incisive historical analysis, and astute personal recollections. This original and challenging book will interest readers who welcome America’s influence on our lives as well as those who resist it.


“A professional lifetime goes into this distillation of America: a warm, even affectionate, meditation on the pertinent aspects of US politics, history and culture in the 20th century.” —The Australian

“There is much in this excellent book that transcends the personal . . . that make it a valuable read for anyone seeking to understand the continuing importance of the US to us all: for better or worse.” —The Age

“In a thoughtful inquiry into the American character and the role the US may play in the next century, Grant . . . combines a Tocquevillian detachment with first-hand familiarity with the American scene.” —Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Bruce Grant is a distinctive Australian writer who is also a distinguished analyst of international affairs. He has been a foreign correspondent, a newspaper columnist, a film and theatre critic, an ambassador, and an adviser to governments, while writing novels, short stories, and books about the outstanding issues of our time. He is now a professor at Monash University, teaching statecraft to young diplomats. A Furious Hunger is his eleventh book, among which Indonesia has become a minor classic.