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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated and disappointing, 28 Sept. 2013
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Iain S. Palin (Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Ciao, America! (Paperback)
I was looking forward to reading this book - an "outsider's view" (a genre I love) written by a professional journalist, and about a city and country I have some acquaintance with. Alas, I emerged disappointed. To begin with it's dated - the author is describing his time in Washington DC in the mid 1990s so we we have a fair bit about the politics and popular culture of the time, about this great new thing called the Internet, and about the wealth-producing possibilities of the dot.com industries. This might not matter so much if the author could bring to the book the charm or humour of, say, Bill Bryson - but he does not. Indeed the impression is of a very dilute Bryson, with the occasional episode that amuses or informs, but mostly it's rather bland.
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Ciao, America! by Beppe Severgnini (Paperback - 13 May 2003)
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