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Over a decade after its publication, Mark Hertsgaard’s The Eagle’s Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World remains a remarkable and essential work of reporting. Written in the months following the September 11 attacks, the book provides a wide array of accounts of how U.S. culture, politics, and foreign policy are perceived by people from all walks of life in 15 countries. The impressions are sometimes sobering, and combined they provide a vital and fascinating view of America as it is seen from afar.

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Pro-Trump demonstrators at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

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As noted by Law and Crime's Jerry Lambe, Garret Miller of Texas essentially wrote his own charging document on social media. Before he went to Washington, D.C. for "this Trump shit," as he called it in a Jan. 2 Facebook post, Miller was expecting, perhaps even hoping, that "some crazy shit (was) going to happen. "Dollar might collapse," Miller predicted, and "civil war could start." Miller, 34, also told his Facebook friends what he planned to bring: "a grappling hook and rope and a level 3 vest. Helmets, mouth guard, and bump cap."

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