Brit-think, Ameri-think: A Transatlantic Survival Guide

Brit-think, Ameri-think: A Transatlantic Survival Guide

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By (author) Jane Walmsley

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 12mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0142001341
  • ISBN 13: 9780142001349
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: cartoons
  • Sales rank: 175,387

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Jane Walmsley shares George Bernard Shaw's belief that America and Britain are two nations divided by a common language. In this title she looks beyond this shared facade to see the great gulfs that separate us in such areas as tastes in food, dress, home decoration, the way we conduct business, vacation, engage in sex and even die. Her prototype American is an eternal optimist who believes it is only a matter of correct technique and will power to become beautiful, clever, skinny, successful and healthy. A Brit, on the other hand, seems to expect disaster at any moment, so lives with a certain detachment, content to muddle through as best he or she can. Walmsley pokes gentle (and sometimes not so gentle) fun at both cultures and in the process offers a portrait of our cultural differences.

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Jane Walmesley was born in New York, but she married an Englishman and has lived in London for over 20 years. She has a daughter who is - as she puts it - "haff and hawf".

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'Candid and humorous' Washington Post; 'Jane Walmesley furnishes hard and often very funny truths' Philadelphia Inquirer

Table of contents

Brit-Think, Ameri-ThinkPreface 1. First Things First 2. Brits and Yanks Abroad-Business and Pleasure 3. Strictly Business 4. Brits and Yanks at Home 5. Choosing Partners..."What's Love Got to Do with It?" 6. The Importance of Being "Cute" 7. Sex 8. The Children...Baby-Brit, Baby-Yank 9. Aspirations...or "You Can't Hve Everything-Where Would You Put It?" 10. The Food Connection 11. The World According to Oprah 12. Regionalism and Other Local Problems 13. At One with Nature 14. What Makes This Country Great? 15. The Establishment 16. How Cool Can We Get? 17. Goods and Services 18. Pets 19. Judging a Nation by Its Television 20. Humor Travels? 21. Good Sport 22. War Games 23. Religious Persuasions 24. The Golden Years 25. That Really Counts