THE EXCLUSIVE PERCENT CULTURE by Abdo A. Husseiny

THE EXCLUSIVE PERCENT CULTURE

The Fastest Way for a Nation to Hit Rock Bottom
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A diagnosis of America’s decline and an examination of its toxic relationship with the developing world.

Husseiny (co-author: Knowledge-Based Economy, 2017, etc.) argues that the United States is locked in a downward spiral, in part because of its dysfunctional dealings with poorer nations. Out of a sense of admiration, he says, developing countries try to emulate the United States, even if it means acquiescing to its assertions of imperial power; as a result, the American government is permitted to use these nations as socio-economic and cultural petri dishes. For example, the author contends, the United States circumvented the restrictions of its own Food and Drug Administration by testing experimental birth control pills on millions of Egyptian women. Likewise, he asserts, they explored the viability of HIV and hepatitis C medications on unwitting Africans. In these cases, Americans received a double benefit, he says: the profit from the drugs’ sales and an unregulated scientific trial. Furthermore, he says, while the United States was once heralded as the leading manufacturer in the world, they now largely import lesser goods from economically unsophisticated countries. The author goes on to pursue his hypothesis in a variety of ways, touching on what he characterizes as the evils of taxation, the corruption of the World Trade Organization, and the monopolistic practices of American supermarket chains. Husseiny candidly discusses an important issue: the extent to which arrangements made between rich and poor nations benefit either party. However, the book is maddeningly peripatetic, wandering shiftlessly from one disparate issue to another, more prolix than focused. There’s virtually no evidence offered for the author’s assertions, and the prose is unwieldy and often bewildering: “The crux of the matter is that the demise of the present civilization and the decline of the nowadays powers will go on vast rampant downward swing by their continuous revamping of made-to-order rearward movements that excelled in destroying the already benighted countries.” Finally, readers may find some of the content offensive, such as a reference to “a big fat lady from the IRS.”

A confusing and strident fulmination.

Pub Date: Sept. 18th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5480-5103-7
Page count: 383pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
Program: Kirkus Indie
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