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Bring America closer to the World. Book explores Bush re-election to find answers.

A new book may have found raw answers to a question that has been plaguing Americans: “How can we understand the world
mindset better and bring America one step closer to the rest of the World?”

America Misunderstood: What a Second Bush Victory Meant to the Rest of the World carries rare opinions written by
influential journalists from forty different countries—mostly in the Middle East—about what they thought of Americans when  Bush
was elected for the second term.

“It doesn’t happen all the time. But when Bush came to power for the second time, the whole world looked at Americans with
shock and awe. Opinions about American foreign policy, voter behavior, super-power status, ignorance, and many other factors
were discussed in every little corner of the world.
America Misunderstood carefully captures these opinions to paint a picture of
what the rest of the world think of us. ,” said N. Sivakumar, the editor and publisher of the book.

While the war in Iraq is fuelling world anger and nominations for the 2008 presidential bid are heating up, the book has arrived at
a critical juncture.

“The book is an honest and noble attempt to bridge the chasm that exists between America and the rest of world. We can’t
achieve global peace unless we understand the world mindset. I think the book is a great opportunity for everyone to take a step
towards crossing the chasm. As a modern immigrant who loves America with unstinting devotion, I think it’s my duty to let
Americans know what I discovered. Lawmakers, historians, academics, and the general public should take this book seriously. I
also included an epilogue that captures the world reaction to the 2006 mid-term election results, which kind of closed the loop,”
said Sivakumar.

The contributor list has surprising names like world famous Lebanese cartoonist Stavro Jabra, Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, and
many other Arab and Israeli journalists who make a daily impact on millions around the world. According to Sivakumar, more and
more immigrants who have close ties with their country of origin read these journalists through blogs, which could significantly
impact the dynamics of immigrant voter behavior in the future.

“Collecting the pieces and getting reprint permissions was like a world tour unto itself,” said N. Sivakumar.

“It was a fascinating experience. I must have contacted at least couple of hundred individuals in forty different countries. I couldn’t
even locate some of the countries on a world map,” he added.

The book goes on sale Feb. 20, 2007.

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