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The Xenophobe's Guide to the Americans (Xenophobe's Guides) Paperback – 1 Mar 1999
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The character, values and foibles of the Americans.
From the Back Cover
Virtually every event in American life, from school graduation to marriage to buying an automobile, is structured so that one party wins, or at least comes out looking better than any of the other participants.'
Xenophobia is an irrational fear of foreigners, probably justified, always understandable.
Xenophobe's Guides - an irreverent look at the beliefs and foibles of nations, almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.
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Taking the book for what it is, it is a fun read. Ms Faul gives a lavish description of what goes into a Thanksgiving dinner (what on earth is jellied salad and Indian pudding?), details how people check out their host's medicine cupboards, has lots of fun with mad lawsuits, and laments the American worship of sport, celebrity, shopping and philistinism in general. And reinforces again and again that to an American, everything is a competition, and everybody has to play to win. Yes, I know from personal experience, and it's exhausting!
Regional differences are completely ignored, which is surprising for a country that covers five time zones. I will read "Xenophobe's Guide To The Californians", and if the publishers could put out some more regional guides for the States - so we've got a better idea of who is on the other end of the phone in the middle of the night - that would be greatly appreciated.
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