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An American broadcaster and journalist who lives in London with her British husband, Walmsley observes that Yanks and Brits have distinctly different "attitudes and aspirations." Here she catalogues some of those differences, and the subjects include pets ("What Joan Collins is to Yanks' fantasies, sheepdogs are to Brits' "); humor ("The vastly popular Johnny Carson Show laid a U.K. egg"); sports (cricket is "an exercise of such subtlety that only life long devotees can tell when the ball is actually in play"); consumerism ("British salespeople are very attached to merchandise and try hard to keep it in the store"); and public appeal ("To succeed in America, you have to be 'cute' "). Walmsley also covers sex, death, religion, war, television and ice cream ("the Great Levelerthe Yank version of pubs"). This is a fine, funny guide from a perceptive humorist.
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"A candid and humorous look at the way Americans and British view life from different perspectives...combining clever quips with the humour found on both sides of the Atlantic." —The Washington Post
"A funny, shrewd book." —Alastair CookeSee all Product Description
This book has been updated and now reflects many modern cultural traits for comparison as well as new words to compare. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004
Not very funny the first time. Not very accurate. Really out of date, cliched throughout. I tend to think that "humour" like this at the expense of others show that the... Read morePublished on March 9 2003 by Reality Police
... tediously implemented. After the first dozen pages, you fairly much can predict the rest of the book. My copy ended up in the fire, I'm afraid.Published on March 7 2001
I recently moved to the UK and bought this book to "prepare" myself for the differences I knew I would experience. I found the book to be extremely out of date. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2000
I've worked for a British-based company for fifteen years and was introduced to this book by my British colleague a number of years ago. Read morePublished on March 30 2000 by Claudia Charest