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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.
Bill Bryson is a genius! I have yet to read a book of his which does not enthrall, elucidate, make me laugh out low and provide lots of chuckles. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Paul in Phoenix
Bryson has written a wonderful book about the emergence and development of the English language in America. This book will engross those who love history, language, and culture. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Nancy Schmitz
I love Bill Bryson books and humor but this one was different. I found it a bit boring, to say the least.Published 25 days ago by Donna Marie
I enjoyed this book but it was not my favorite Bill Bryson book. It's interesting and has a lot of trivia about the U.S. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charlie C.
Well written and entertaining history of the English language in America. I learned a lot I did not know about how words developed and adapted. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Blofeld's Cat
Fun book, interesting, little known tidbits, Remarkable knowledge of American English.Published 1 month ago by Robert W. Lobsinger
Bryson's books are always good. I am a fan of trivia and his books are full of it.Published 2 months ago by B. Moseley