Lately I find myself reading two socio-political books authored by Frenchmen. The first is Raymond Aron's The Opium Of The Intellectuals. It was written around 1955 and seems even more relevant to the intellectual scene today. Ideologies rage on in full force.
The second is Jean-Francois Revel's Anti-Americanism (2003). All you leftist critics of U.S. foreign policy really ought to have a look at this one. Revel is not out to vindicate Bush, but rather to examine the nature and motives of the European complaint. I'm finding it all terribly entertaining.
It's frustrating when a critic is self-contradicting, and it's refreshing to hear others answer deep confusion with patent clarity.