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

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As the BBC's North America Editor, Jon Sopel has had a pretty busy time of it lately. In the 18 months it's taken for a reality star to go from laughingstock to leader of the free world, Jon has travelled the length and breadth of the United States, experiencing it from a perspective that most of us could only dream of: he has flown aboard Air Force One, interviewed President Obama and has even been described as 'a beauty' by none other than Donald Trump.

Through music, film, literature, TV and even through the food we eat and the clothes that we wear we all have a highly developed sense of what America is and through our shared, tangled history we claim a special relationship. But America today feels about as alien a country as you could imagine. It is fearful, angry and impatient for change. Reflecting on his journey across the continent to cover the most turbulent race in recent history, Jon Sopel lifts a lid on the seething resentments, profound anxieties and sheer rage that found its embodiment in a brash, unpredictable and seemingly unstoppable figure.

In this fascinating, insightful portrait of American life and politics, Jon 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.

©2017 Jon Sopel (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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    Martin London, United Kingdom 18/09/2017
    Martin London, United Kingdom 18/09/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Very funny indeed"

    Another account of our post-truth society and yet, I found this book highly amusing. Whether it's Jon Sopel's interpretation of the non-existing 'special relationship', or his dry and factual yet humorous way of talking about what led to Trump and Brexit as well as the Post-Trump and Post-Brexit era (I'm not sure what's worse), I enjoyed this book from start to finish. And if the world falls apart, one can count on the BBC and their reporters to do an excellent job reporting on it.

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    lilac 28/09/2017
    lilac 28/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Really good"

    I really liked this book and listened to it all in just a few days. I usually dip in and out of different books but this one really held my attention. Lots of interesting information and ideas. It gave me a much deeper understanding of familiar issues. Although I already knew America was very differen to Britain it was amazing to get an insiders perspective of just how different it is. I definitely recommend this book.

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    terence c cunningham 20/09/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant insight into the differences between ourselves and our American cousins"

    Really enjoyed this book, Jon Sopel gives a brilliant and simple look at the differences between ourselves in the UK (or should I say us here in Europe) and the good ol' US of A! Whilst I say simple, I don't mean in a 'Janet and John' way, the book is full of interesting facts (none of which appear to be alternative facts either) and statistics that make it easy to see how really quite different our cultures are. If you've been fortunate enough to have spent anytime in the US, somethings that Jon talks about will be instantly recognisable.
    Jon's narrative is excellent and it's like listening to a much extended news cast (and I mean that in the best possible way). It's clear, concise with the odd turn of humour that makes it not only very easy to listen to, but also very easy to digest and understand.
    I personally think the US is a fantastic country, and still do, but this book made me realise that we here in the UK have much more in our common with our cousins on the continent, than we do with our cousins on the other side of the pond.
    Highly recommended

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    Chris Thomas 21/09/2017
    Chris Thomas 21/09/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant, entertaining and superb"

    Jon manages to assess and examine contemporary America, and Americans - including those who supported Trump - fairly and objectively. And he does so in an extremely entertaining, thought provoking, scary, eye-opening and balanced way, establishing the whys and wherefores of where our friends across the Pond are in their minds. It's a superb and brilliant read. Or as we say in Welsh "ardderchog" (excellent) 👏 I thoroughly recommend it!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ann D Newcastle, England 09/11/2017
    Ann D Newcastle, England 09/11/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"

    This is an engrossing and enjoyable read/listen. I follow the insanity that is the Trump Presidency, but Jon (as journalists always can) revealed fascinating things that I did not know before. Having travelled quite a bit myself in America over 30 years, I disagreed with Jon’s take on the ebullient Patriotism of Americans which he sees as endearing. I personally think it’s damaging both to individual Americans and the world in general. As the book passed that topic and moved on to other interesting observations about American society, it seems to me that his views on their Patriotism was born out of him living there in the midst of what is a vastly paradoxical psycho-social system. All in all a cracking read/listen.

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    Escape Artist 08/11/2017
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    "Really insightful..."

    I found this book both interesting and helpful, as someone who has struggled to understand how the American public could put someone like DT in the White House, it has answered many of my questions and put a number of things in to context. The title is spot on too, often I haven't made to intellectual leap that America isn't a larger version of Britain, but it is a foreign country. I really did enjoy this book and it has changed some of the ways in which I think about America and Americans

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    Peter W Robinson 20/10/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Latter day "Letter from America""

    It put me in mind of an extended "Letter from America" by Alistair Cook. John Sopel will appreciate just how complimentary that is

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    viletrog 07/10/2017
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    "The 'greenbacks' have it..more NEOLIBERAL CRAP!!"

    Sopel was once seen as a promising INVESTIGATIVE journo..and working mostly for the BBC, no longer an honourable organisation...he and the BBC have shown why MSM should be avoided..a VERY SUBJECTIVE, AMERICAN SCHMALTZ..given a poorly hidden veil...i hope people dont view this as an intellectual tour de force...ah well lets get the next lot of trainee journos....EDUCATED! And sack these lot of time servers...we want to see COMMITMENT, A PASSION..NOT SEEN FOR DECADES

    Pure rubbish...not got enough SOPEL to entertain you and your fancy friends..on posh holidays..in the CARIBBEAN.. ARSEWIPE PROPAGANDIST

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