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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd; First Edition, Second Printing edition (11 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190602152X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906021528
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 963,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you want to know what makes Americans tick, read this book. Webb knows America - and it shows." -- John Humphrys

"Not since Charles Wheeler has the BBC had as fine an American correspondent. His perceptive reporting has been a joy." -- The Times

"... the literary equivalent of cracking open a six pack of Budweiser and arguing late into the night..." -- The Observer

"With his forensic examination of America, and more importantly, of Americans, Justin Webb represents 21st-century proof that no-one understands the world so adroitly as the Englishman abroad." -- Simon Calder, Travel Editor, The Independent

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"If you want to know what makes Americans tick, read this book. Webb knows America - and it shows." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Boyle on 15 Sept. 2008
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I bought this book to read the work of a respected former colleague. Webb himself is a first rate commentator with an acute mind and a warm conversational style. This book demonstrates all three of those characteristics. It makes the unfashionable case for America in a way that is clearly thought-out and well illustrated with intriguing examples.
This is the sort of up to date material that should be in every college library. Justin Webb, he tells us right away, is partisan: he enjoys life in America. Have A Nice Day, however, is an argument rather than a eulogy. Sit down, pour a whisky and enjoy this argument with one of the BBCs senior editors.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on 11 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
It's very easy to lazily regard America as the country we all love to hate without understanding in any detail how the country works or, more importantly how ordinary Americans think. This book provides a better understanding of America, is written in a clear and accessible style - it's entertaining, informative and goes beyond the myths to make America and Americans intelligible to the rest of us. Read it and then make your own judgement, but at least read it. An excellent book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on 1 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, It's by a TV correspondent but isn't all about him and has enough interesting stories and points to make the argument in it fascinating. If you're interested in America or wondering which direction it's going in this is great food for thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MD on 30 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a very well written, entertaining book which did challenge a lot of preconceptions about the US and Americans. I found the impact of the US environment on the American psyche particularly enlightening.

However, I did feel it glossed over, and didn't provide a convincing counter-argument, to some aspects of the American character which I still find hard to swallow - even after reading the book.

In summary, I would recommend this book in its own right and to anyone who feels particularly negative towards the US. It may not change your mind fundamentally, but it will provide a great deal of food for thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Cotton on 7 Jun. 2009
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It's very easy to slip into a lazy anti-American critique for the ills of the world if one isn't careful and Justin Webb's book "Have a Nice Day" is a timely reminder of the many reasons why this is unjust. He uses an accessible journalistic style to explain why there are so many reasons to admire America, arguments that this reader hadn't considered before, even including an intelligent consideration of what we Europeans regard as America's crazy attachment to their guns. I have no hesitation in recommending this book especially to those who are America skeptics.
Clive Cotton
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Format: Paperback
I like books by foreign correspondents reporting on the odd idiosyncracies of the country they are stationed in. I've read and enjoyed books by an Italian posted to the UK; a German posted to Sweden and a Finn posted to Russia. All take the point of view of a foreigner reporting on the oddities of a country he/she is temporarily living in.

When I saw this book in a UK bookshop on a trip to the UK - heavily reduced to virtually nothing - I did a quick check of a couple of pages; found they were the expected "Americans are odd" and bought it.

I found it very hard going because most of the book was about how they are NOT odd and the prose wasn't therefore the usual light-hearted kind of thing you expect in such books (by foreign correspondents) as justifying oddities requires a lot more serious effort than just pointing them out. However I'd paid all of £2 for it so I plowed on expecting sometime to find a glimmer of hope instead I found him for instance feeling that the following (for me) oddity made perfect sense.

He was on a train approaching the station in Washington, DC when there was the usual announcement about the next station "Next station is ..." only it wasn't, instead it was "Welcome to Washington, Capital of the Free World".

Clearly a foreign correspondent that feels that that statement is completely normal is either mad or has gone native. I'll be generous and assume the latter which is why I will not be recommending this book to anyone (US americans excluded).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 2 July 2011
Format: Paperback
I am American and have lived here in the UK, mostly, for 27 years. I note
the anti-Americanism that Mr Webb speaks of in the book, yet those I have come to know always say
"well your OK but most Americans ...", as some form of consolation or appology.
I found the book a breath of fresh air and a great expression of a persons love
of a good friend, warts and all, not a sycophantic rant of the wonders of America nor the
relentless attack we get on a daily basis.

Thank you Mr Webb ... and you all should read this book.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on 11 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It is fun and easy to read and yet makes a very strong point that we should at least question our prejudice against America. I enjoyed the style immensely. Webb illustrates the argument for America with the places and people he has met during his time in the US. The descriptions are vivid and compelling. A thoroughly good read for any open-minded Brit who is up for a little ribbing about our attitude to the US.
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