You can call it the revenge of Edward Said. His 1978 book, "Orientalism," was about how the West sees (and defines) the East. Sept. 11, 2001, flipped the direction of the lens. Suddenly it became important to understand how they saw us. Americans started to wonder, "Why do they hate us?" President Bush insisted it was because of our freedoms.
The contributors from around the world in the anthology "How They See Us" don't hate the United States at all. They are more like lovers betrayed.