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Brit-Think, Ameri-Think: A Transatlantic Survival Guide Paperback – 26 Jun 2003
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"A candid and humorous look at the way Americans and British view life from different perspectives...combining clever quips with the humour found on both sides of the Atlantic." The Washington Post
"A funny, shrewd book." Alastair Cooke"
Jane Walmsley shares George Bernard Shaw's belief that America and Britain are two nations divided by a common language. In this title she looks beyond this shared facade to see the great gulfs that separate us in such areas as tastes in food, dress, home decoration, the way we conduct business, vacation, engage in sex and even die. Her prototype American is an eternal optimist who believes it is only a matter of correct technique and will power to become beautiful, clever, skinny, successful and healthy. A Brit, on the other hand, seems to expect disaster at any moment, so lives with a certain detachment, content to muddle through as best he or she can. Walmsley pokes gentle (and sometimes not so gentle) fun at both cultures and in the process offers a portrait of our cultural differences.See all Product description
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The Brit-Think, Ameri-think ..... is surprisingly useful and gives a good impression of what to expect in the USA. I suspect it will minimise any culture shock for Brits.
Buy it - - this is mostly a good or very good read - - the first 50% of the book is the funniest, and the quips by the author make it all the more more memorable and useful.
The view of the "British" is also useful for our cousins when they visit the UK - - but (USA) beware - - the UK is even more "concentrated" in its character than this book explains - - due to the UK's open borders and so on - - plus this is a small island which makes it appear even worse in the cities for visitors.
I shared it with my friend who has been to the states, both enjoyed it.
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