Stereotypes attach themselves to every nation. One of the many that cling to the US – loudness and brashness aside – is the notion that its society is prone to callousness.
Like any cliche, it is easy enough to identify where this one springs from. The idea of ‘‘rugged individualism’’, most often identified with President Herbert Hoover, still holds sway in the US to a greater extent than it has ever done in Europe....
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