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Product Details

  • Paperback: 301 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The; 1 edition (May 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595580689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595580689
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Abroad in America, Gary Younge is an acutely skeptical observer. -- Jonathan Raban

British, black and brilliant, Gary Younge shows us the America our own journalists mostly ignore. -- Katha Pollitt

Forthright, sane, measured, and vivid, Younge sees...with a kind of hard-edged clarity that impresses me to no end. -- Jonathan Raban

Gary Younge has made it possible for us to grasp the complexities of the facts. -- Chris Ofili

Gary Younge is an excellent journalist—a critical writer at a critical time. -- Andrea Levy

Gary Younge is an excellent journalist-a critical writer at a critical time. -- Andrea Levy

One of the tiny handful of contemporary journalists left who is consistently worth reading. A voice for our times. -- Stuart Hall

About the Author

Gary Younge has been on the staff of The Guardian since 1994, and is a frequent contributor to The Nation. He was the recipient of the Washington Post's Lawrence Stern Fellowship in 1996, and his previous book, No Place Like Home, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. He lives in New York City.

More About the Author

Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster and award-winning columnist for The Guardian, based in Chicago. He also writes a monthly column, Beneath the Radar, for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. He has written three books, Who Are We?, And Should it Matter in the 21st century, Stranger in a Strange Land, Travels in the Disunited States and No Place Like Home, A Black Briton's Journey Through the Deep South. Gary has made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from the tea party to hip hop culture.
After several years of reporting from all over Europe, Africa, the US and the Caribbean Gary was appointed The Guardian's New York correspondent in 2003. In 2009 he won the James Cameron award for the "combined moral vision and professional integrity" of his coverage of the Obama campaign.
In 2011 he moved to Chicago.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bad Cat on February 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Younge is one of the finest columnists writing in English today (in the British _Guardian_, the most trusted news source in the UK, over the BBC), and one of the best analysts of the US. His take, as a "black Briton," has enough distance to get all the historical, social, economic connections that we Americans usually miss, and enough compassion for the underdog to be compelling and persuasive. The comparisons with his native UK are fascinating, unexpected, and often very funny.

My favorite bit is his description of preparing for his first US visit. The much-trashed American book "The Bell Curve" had estimated that blacks were 15 IQ points lower than others, but then friends had told him that Americans mentally add 20 IQ points to anyone who speaks with a British accent. So he'd still come out 5 points ahead in their perceptions.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GG on November 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Well written, apposite, cogent.

And face it, there are 300 million Americans- it's not surprising some of them are very very strange.

And that's even outside the Beltway!
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2 of 45 people found the following review helpful By M. C. S. Apostol on December 12, 2009
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Mr. Younge is both ignorant of REAL red blooded Americans and a camp follower of the pro-socialist inept coward Obama. The politics in the USA right now reflect years of apathy by the people too busy working to pay attention to what those not working had time to organize, such as ACORN. However the TEA Party movement and similar groups rising to the task will soon throw out all the internationalists and politically correct liberals only too willing to take the money earned by hard working people and small businesses and hand it over to the do nothing crowd to buy votes.
I came from a humble beginning, but I believe in freedom and capitalism, not socialism.
Contrary to the massive generalizations that describe Republicans as white, frustrated, rural rednecks on the verge of rebellion or spontaneous combustion, I am none of the above.
I am not white, I am well traveled and educated, I live in a large metropolitan city on the East Coast, I earn a relatively substantial wage (all by the way characteristics that liberals like to believe they have a monopoly on)
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