Escaping Plato's Cave: How America's Blindness to the Rest of the World Threatens Our Survival

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Like Plato's cave-dwellers who only saw inaccurate reflections of reality on the wall, America has been blinded to dangerous realities inside and outside our borders, argues award-winning journalist Mort Rosenblum. Our ignorance is not just deplorable, it is literally killing us--and others. 

Rosenblum--who has reported from more than one hundred countries, many of which he has outlived--explains how we all can and must learn more about what's really happening in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, in matters of war, peace, business, the environment, and education. 

This cri de coeur by one of our planet's most eloquent journalists is a must-read for anyone concerned about what they don't see in the newspaper or on TV. It offers both insight and practical ways for Americans to get out of the cave and see what's really going on around us.

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Advance Praise for Escaping Plato's Cave
"[Mort Rosenblum's] most intense, detailed, and certainly most passionate book. I read it with pleasure and felt enlightened. . . . It is bitterly funny as well as powerful."
--Paul Theroux, author of Dark Star Safari

"A great foreign correspondent draws on forty years of travels and experiences to paint a vivid picture of how America is falling short of its highest values and crippling its global leadership."
--James F. Hoge, Jr., editor, Foreign Affairs

"This has to be the greatest ticket a boy yearning to see the world could ever dream of: forty years as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, your feet touching the soil of a hundred countries, the stomach-tingling thrill of being on deadline with you every single moment of those four decades. What a journey. What a reporter. What a life."
--Bob Greene, author of And You Know You Should Be Glad

"This chilling, anguished account of how badly we are served by the journalism establishment, which ignores the flaws of our leaders and indulges the national optimism in the face of reality, could perhaps only be written by an insider with Rosenblum's experience, and the perspective of someone who understands other societies. I hope his news is heard."
--Diane Johnson, author of Le Divorce

About the Author:

Mort Rosenblum was an Associated Press foreign correspondent for nearly forty years until 2004, covering coups, earthquakes, wars, and everything else in more than one hundred countries. He was editor of the International Herald Tribune from 1979 to1981. He has written twelve books and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize eight times. He splits his time between a boat on the Seine in Paris and an olive farm in the south of France. Please visit his Web sites at www.mortrosenblum.net and www.escapingplatoscave.com.

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