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Reviewed by Tom Mullen for Readers' Favorite
I liked Neither Here nor There: A First Generation Immigrant in Search of American Exceptionalism by Frans H. Jager. Mr. Jager, a well-traveled, Dutch-born man with extensive time spent in the United States, is qualified to recognize the factors preventing America from being a truly exceptional nation among the world’s nations. I agree with him. Born in the Netherlands, he eventually lived and worked in four nations and four different states in the United States. I consider that a unique background. I believe he correctly isolated many factors that are dragging America from a position as a world leader to that of a world follower. Finally, I very much agree with Mr. Jager’s proposed solutions to these problems. He included notes, an index, and bibliography and he provided extensive recent documentation – as recent as June, 2014.
Furthermore, the book was more than just a list of flaws and fixes. I enjoyed reading about his summary of Dutch history and his personal international business experiences. The book had a few distractions. A couple of minor ones were when he was speeding along in scholarly dissertation and suddenly dropped American platitudes. (Water under the bridge. Baby with the bath water). For those interested in the subject --- great book. It was enlightening, entertaining, and certainly opinionated.