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Book Review: Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters

Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche

By Ethan Watters

Free Press; 306 pages

The U.S. exports plenty of things that much of the world would gladly send back: the Golden Arches, Jerry Bruckheimer movies and Baywatch, to name a few. But in addition to the cultural flotsam that drives the rest of the world crazy, America is literally exporting its mental illnesses. "In teaching the rest of the world to think like us, we have been, for better and worse, homogenizing the way the world goes mad," writes journalist Ethan Watters. He traces how conditions first widely diagnosed...

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