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Living and Working in America (Living & Working in America) [Paperback]

David Hampshire , Jim Watson
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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3 Feb 2003 Living & Working in America
Fully updated and revised 4th edition. Essential reading for anyone planning to live or work in the USA and the most up-to-date source of practical information available about everyday life. It's guaranteed to hasten your introduction to the American way of life, and, most importantly, will save you time, trouble and money! The best-selling and most comprehensive book about living and working in America since it was first published in 1992, containing up to three times as much information as similar books!

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Survival Books; 4th Revised edition edition (3 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901130614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901130614
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,207,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Hampshire was born in England and after serving in the Royal Air Force he was employed for many years in the computer industry, before taking up writing full-time in the '80s. His work has taken him around the world and he has lived and worked in many countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. David is an authority on living, working, retiring and buying property abroad, and is the author, co-author or editor of over 20 titles, including the best-selling Living and Working in America, Australia, Britain, Canada, France, London, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland. David lives in Bath, England with his partner Alexandria.
A complete list of David's books (sole author unless indicated) is shown below:
Buying a Home in Australia - co author
Buying a Home in France
Buying a Home in Italy
Buying a Home in Portugal
Buying a Home in Spain
Buying or Renting a Home in London - co-author
Buying or Renting a Home in Switzerland - co author
Buying Selling & Letting Property
Culture Wise America - co-author
Culture Wise Australia - co-author
Culture Wise England - co-author
Living and Working in America
Living and Working in Australia
Living and Working in Britain
Living and Working in Canada - co-author
Living and Working in France
Living and Working in London - co-author
Living and Working in New Zealand
Living and Working in Spain
Living and Working in Switzerland
Retiring in France
US Immigration Handbook - co-author

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156 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bible for anyone planning to emigrate! 22 Feb 2003
My wife and I moved out to San Diego in 1999. It wasn't a company move, we were on our own with enough money to last three months. I happened to find this book a few months before we left and I'm glad I did. I'd already spent quite a bit of time in the States, including living there for three months over a summer vacation from university. Even that extended stay didn't prepare me for the planning and budgeting I discovered was necessary to move out there 'properly'.
This book will take you through everything from job-seeking before you go, visa applications, what to do on arrival, right through to applying for citizenship. It covers all the major stuff, like buying a home, getting a US driving license, arranging schooling for children, etc right through to detail like arranging telephone service, tipping and social customs. There's even a section on illegal working - if you're thinking about risking it.
There's an entertaining section on 'The Americans', although a better way to prepare for the absurdity of some aspects of American life is to read Bill Bryson's 'Notes from a Big Country' - it's fantastic.
As a 'grown up' who moved out to the States and moved back having THOROUGHLY enjoyed the whole experience, the most valuable sections of this book for me were: the US tax system, insurance and credit.
My top tips: arrange adequate holiday medical cover in the beginning and then get proper US medical insurance as soon as you get an address; get every other kind of insurance cover you need - and that means allowing a big chunk of your budget to cover it from day 1; and plan on your UK credit reports being worthless in the US. As soon as you get there, get a credit card, even if it's a $250 limit with an APR of 29%, and use it and make the payments.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bible for expats 21 May 2004
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This book is a must for anyone considering a move to the United States. It contains everything you need to know before you leave - e.g passports, visas, info on what to take & leave behind, and has vital info for when you arrive - immigration, work permits, buying/ renting a home, a car, insurance, health system, post offices etc & is incredibly useful while you are there. We have lived in the US for 12 months now, and still refer to this guide when we need some information on anything.
Written in a humourous, chatty style this book very readable. The sections on social ettiquette, customs and traditions are great and there are lots of contact details for further information - the book is just fantastic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is so outdated. 31 Oct 2007
This was written in 1997, thats over a decade ago. Yes, it has been done again here with a new edition, but the visa details are just wrong.
Over the other details are very good, how to drive etc.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living & Working in America: David Hampshire 24 July 2003
A fantastic book, absolutely everything you need to know before and after emigrating to America. This book is such easy reading to! The author obviously has a good sense of humour but a good balance of seriousness. A well laid out, interesting and informative book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By The Fox
It was a good resource. Hampshire has written some great books. However this is outdated and has many errors. It does contain some basic insights to living in the US, but lacks any substance on visa application. Lets face it, without that, You aint going.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good Info. 24 Jan 2008
By The Fox
It has some good information, it just covers a few basic visa, this is the most important part.
It does do a very good job on driving and shopping. OK for tourists.
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