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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.
Not in the usual Bill Bryson style, I found nothing amusing in this book.Published 24 days ago by Eddie Ramsdale
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 2 months ago by Recycler69
Not one of his best.. I prefer him on travel topics... reads like a list quite often.Published 4 months ago by Carol Blyth