They've been our closest ally for more than a century. They've brought us Shakespeare, the Beatles, Monty Python, Winston Churchill, and the Jaguar E-Type. But what do we really think of our former colonial masters? Are they a proper, literate people with quirky humor and stout beer, or a snobbish breed of has-beens with a faded empire, bad teeth, and the Spice Girls?
And what, for that matter, do the British truly think of Americans? Do they see us as the benevolent, can-do, masters of destiny we imagine ourselves to be? Or are we, in their eyes, arrogant and materialistic war mongers out to rule the world?
These are the questions that acclaimed illustrator Paul Davis set out to answer as he traveled across the United States and the UK armed with pencil, notebook, and his razor-sharp powers of observation. "Us and Them," an endlessly humorous book with two fronts, is the result. On one side, you'll find his devilish caricatures of Britons, each responding to the question posed in the title. Flip it over and you'll find Americans giving their takes on the Brits. A master satirist with a firm grasp on the inanity of the human condition, Davis will have you laughing out loud and returning time and again to sample the intelligence and humor of his observations.show more