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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 4 days ago by grandma cat
ths book is so good I read it 4 times and have given copies of it as gifts.Published 8 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 11 days 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
I finally got around to reading this. The farm of a Bill Bryson book is that he takes all kinds of bunny trails that end up being more interesting than the subject at hand. Read morePublished 5 months ago by P. G. Jones