International: In the Mirror

What, UNESCO wanted to know, do the people of eight countries think of other nations and of themselves? Pollsters, armed with pencils and a wide range of adjectives (samples: hardworking, conceited, cruel, brave, peace-loving), set out in the U.S., England, France, Italy, West Germany, Australia, Holland, Norway.

"Progressive" and "practical" got the most foreign votes as the outstanding U.S. characteristics. But 52% of the English called Americans "conceited" and 46% of Frenchmen called them "domineering." Only 34% of Frenchmen (who have received $2.5 billion in U.S. postwar aid) called the U.S. "generous." The...

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