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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.
Enjoyed this book , Bryson has a great way of telling story's that make you laugh out loud and cry at the same time.Published 22 days ago by grandma cat
ths book is so good I read it 4 times and have given copies of it as gifts.Published 27 days ago by frank euphrate
Absolutely fabulous .... Loved the quirky details that abound in this fascinating read. Never thought history/travel could be such a great readPublished 1 month ago by Pauline R
What a wonderful book. Some history, some etymology, and Bryson’s style make it a pleasure.
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I am very non-political, and I don't buy or read political books. I don't want to hear anyone's opinion on political issues, left or right leaning. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Don Freeman
A funny yet very insightful book as only Bryson can write it. Well researched with copious annotations this is book for historians, writers, political scientists and students of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Reg Nordman
The book is fabulous (I'm guessing), based on the first chapter. I'm a big fan of Bryson, but buyer beware: the font used in the paperback version of this book is so tiny that it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by picky shopper
It won't play in my CD player at all, except in very small pieces, so I can't comment on the overall book.Published 5 months ago by Julia Sonn