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Bronwen Maddox is the Chief Foreign Commentator for The Times. She was born in New York City, graduated from Oxford University, and was a director of Kleinwort Benson Securities before joining the Financial Times, heading the award-winning investigation into publisher Robert Maxwell. She moved to The Times to be Washington Bureau Chief and US Editor, and was then its Foreign Editor. She is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation for transatlantic debate. She lives in London.

In Defence of America

Bronwen Maddox

A marvellous book which shows how vital American engagement is to the world. Bronwen Maddox is a superb and very knowledgeable writer who has the utmost courage of her convictions’ William Shawcross

Infused with knowledge, research and balance ... a must-read to grasp why the US matters and why anti-Americanism is the modern socialism of foolsThe Times

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The world has turned against the United States in recent years. The invasion of Iraq, America's refusal to sign the Kyoto accords, detention without trial in Guantanamo, the spread of American movies and fast food into every corner of the globe - all have contributed to a feeling that the United States is abusing its position as the world's sole superpower. But there is another side to the story. In this provocative, brilliant book, acclaimed foreign affairs columnist Bronwen Maddox shows how critics of America take the best of it for granted and exaggerate the worst. She shows how opponents often unfairly equate American mistakes with moral failings, and how the US frequently makes its own case badly, even when it is on strong ground. At a time when the US is coming under increasing scrutiny in the wake of Barack Obama's promise of change, In Defence of America is essential reading for anyone who cares about America's place in the world, and its future.