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Leaving America: The New Expatriate Generation

Leaving America The New Expatriate Generation Today than ever large numbers of Americans are leaving the United States It is estimated that by the end of the decade some million of the brightest and most talented Americans representing an e

  • Title: Leaving America: The New Expatriate Generation
  • Author: John R. Wennersten
  • ISBN: 9780313345067
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Today than ever, large numbers of Americans are leaving the United States It is estimated that by the end of the decade, some 10 million of the brightest and most talented Americans, representing an estimated 136 billion in wages, will be living and working overseas This emigration trend contradicts the internalized myth of America as the land of affluence, opportuToday than ever, large numbers of Americans are leaving the United States It is estimated that by the end of the decade, some 10 million of the brightest and most talented Americans, representing an estimated 136 billion in wages, will be living and working overseas This emigration trend contradicts the internalized myth of America as the land of affluence, opportunity, and freedom What is behind this trend Wennersten argues that many people these days, from college students to retirees, are uncertain or ambivalent about what it means to be an American For example, many are uncomfortable with that they believe America has come to represent to the rest of the world At the same time, globalization and advances in technology have enabled the growth of a telecommuting work force whose members can live in one country and work in another, and this trend, among other factors, has encouraged a new generation of people to respond to the pull of global citizenship.Leaving America is an important reexamination of one of the most central stories in the history of American culture the story of the immigrant coming to the Promised Land While millions still come to America and millions still wish to do so, there is an important counterflow of emigration from America to distant parts of the planet This book focuses on modern American expatriates as a significant and heretofore largely ignored counterpoint phenomenon every bit as central to understanding modern America as is the image of a nation of immigrants The greatest irony in America today may well be that while argument and discord prevail in the edifice of American democracy about diversity, economic justice, equality, and the Iraq War, many of the most thoughtful citizens have already left the building.

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    1. This was a so-so book. I was more interested in the personal stories of how and why people moved abroad and less interested in the stats or the slants the author placed on his idea of why, etc. people leave the US. Overall, I do agree that the American dream is more in the mind of Americans than in the reality because of employment and education options in the US and with globalisation it seems we (Americans) are on a path to possibly finding the American dream elsewhere. Rating: B-

    2. I agree with the previous reviewer that the individual stories were more interesting than the statistics. With globalization, more and more countries are becoming attractive places to work. It is true the middle classes in the U.S. are stressed now more than at any other time, save the Great Depression. However, those with a decent education, and the wherewithal to recognize opportunities, will find many inviting places to live and work outside of the U.S.This book is a quick read, but I did not [...]

    3. Just awful. Out of all of the expatriate books I've read, this one really sucks. That a retired college professor would write an expat guide that encourages young American females to seriously consider stripping in China as a reasonable way of "learning a new culture" is irresponsible and retarded. I don't care how much money they might make (which he speculates on, speaking only of high-end stripper prices); it's an incredibly dangerous recommendation to make. Shame on him.

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