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Book Review: To America with love


A.A. Gill, a British provocateur and Vanity Fair columnist, crossed the Atlantic to become the freshest chronicler of American identity in recent memory.

He tries in this highly informative and well-researched book to figure out what makes 330 million Americans tick, the history of settlement of the land, how aboriginals have been treated, and continue to be treated by the officials and ordinary folk.

The author covers a lot o diverse and unexpected information relying on interviews, library research by himself and his team of researchers.

This is a beautifully written and engaging book that ought to be read by all who plan to visit the U S A, foreign students planning to attend an American university, and all Americans who want to know what their ancestors did to survive, they were, and now how their descendents live and work.

When people deal with American business executives, they are amazed how quickly they decide where and how they plan to conduct business, what to produce, where and how they will market it.

This makes the American executive successful, and similarly unsuccessful. They start a business establish it, lead to success, and soon after, sell it to start another enterprise.

The beginning of the book deals with Europe, Europeans, the snotty attitude of Europeans, and deals mostly with British, French, and German, never approaching Spain, Italy, Portugal, or any Scandinavian country.

He is a Scot, who has lived in London for more than 20 years, but actually still “lives” in Scotland when it comes to his thinking and philosophy of the history between English and Scots.

This humorous and revelatory book shows Americans who they are by transforming ordinary experiences into extraordinary lessons, and promises that self-analysis is the best method to understand the population, different regions, and ultimately this immense country, its government, and foreign policies.

Highly recommended.

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