What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World: Your Guide to Today's Hot Spots, Hot Shots and Incendiary Issues

What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World - Melissa L. Rossi The only "catch" with this book is that it is a bit dated by now (this is the only reason I only gave it 3 stars). Published in 2003, the world has changed a lot since then. Having said that, the book is still a very good primer for people needing to know what is going on around the world. Basically, this book is a nice and quick way to get background and "the bottom line" on various nations and world issues. For well-read people, this book may not be as essential, but it may be worth browsing. For people who are simply not informed at all, a book like this is essential. If nothing else, it may help people get a better grasp of the world around them. By the way, I agree with a couple other reviewers on the site. Don't try to read this in one sitting. Rather, read a bit here and a bit there. If a particular topic grabs your attention, go there first. This book really lends itself to browsing. I borrowed my copy via Interlibrary Loan.