If Only They Didn't Speak English: Notes From Trump's America

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If Only They Didn't Speak English: Notes From Trump's America

If Only They Didn't Speak English: Notes From Trump's America

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I could turn that right around and say the same of some people in the US, of course, but being a Brit myself, with family in the USA, I find our attitude more arrogant, superior and wrong-headed than I'd really like! This book helped me to further understand some of the background as to why and how American culture is now what it is. Too much religion in politics, too much in public policy, too much in education, too much butting in where it doesn’t belong.

Colt made them equal,” Decades passed already since the day the slogan came into the humanity’s life, imposing divisive appeal to each segment of society. You might have thought that what an individual chooses to ingest to alter his or her consciousness was his or her own affair. Let me start out by saying if you are a fan in any way of Donald Trump this book is not going to be one for you and I will wish you a good day.In this fascinating, insightful portrait of American life and politics, Jon Sopel sets out to answer our questions about a country that once stood for the grandest of dreams, but which is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division and increasingly perverse beliefs. In actual fact, the French or Germans are probably a lot closer to the British mindset than the Americans; it’s just that most people can’t understand them when they are speaking their native tongue. The Four Seasons hotel chain are missing out as foreign delegations feel it prudent to stay at Trump Tower! You see, if only they didn’t speak English in America, then we’d treat it as a foreign country – and probably understand it a lot better’ ‘the sanest man in America’ – Bill Bryson‘Jon Sopel nails it’ – Emily Maitlis**With a brand new chapter, charting Trump's first year in power**As the BBC’s North America Editor, Jon Sopel has had a pretty busy time of it lately. Then it would be obvious that Americans are not just Brits who incorrectly say fries, when it’s chips; chips when it’s crisps, cookies when it’s biscuits; and clearly do not drink enough tea (with milk!

At first glance, it appears that we do share the religion and of course we share the language – or at least we think we do. I give this author his credit he has done his best to give a fair account of the things he witnessed. Trump was clearly agitated by the fact that he was about to be asked a question by a reporter from the BBC, stating ‘here’s another beauty’ and then later, after Sopel had asked his question, chillingly ‘I know who you are’. To me, as a very infrequent visitor to America, the reality, for example, of the “open carry” gun rules, was a new insight.I read the original version of "If Only", which doesn't have the extra chapter about Trump's first year in power. Instead he extensively expands on subject of his adventures in Northwest DC, the place that taxi-drivers prefer to stay away from. In the book Trump constitutes maybe 10% of the content- and this was a late add on which tops and tails the main body. A book that looks at America and Americans – the premise of the title is that the USA is a very foreign country indeed – very far away from the UK in many deeply fundamental ways, but because they speak English, we think of them as slightly eccentric siblings, rather than distant relatives with very different worldviews to those we have in Britain.



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