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Made in America will supply you with interesting facts and cocktail chatter for a year or more. Did you know, for example, that Teddy Roosevelt's "speak softly and carry a big stick" credo has its roots in a West African proverb? Or that actor Walter Matthau's given name is Walter Mattaschanskayasky? Or that the supposedly frigid Puritans--who called themselves "Saints," by the way--had something called a pre-contract, which was a license for premarital sex? Made in America is an excellent discussion of American English, but what makes the book such a treasure is that it offers much, much more.
One of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time. Fascinating for its linguistic comment and content as much as the insight into American History (the real and the... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Recycler69
Not one of his best.. I prefer him on travel topics... reads like a list quite often.Published 2 months ago by Carol Blyth
Bryson debunks a great many myths about America, not least a selection of key episodes in its history that are incorrectly taught at school to this day (and why would I doubt Mr... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Meldrew