Understanding the Americans: A Handbook for Visitors to the United States
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Understanding the Americans: A Handbook for Visitors to the United States

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This unique handbook for fresh arrivals to the United States outlines common American practices, beliefs, and customs. Written in a colloquial style and drawing on examples from history and popular culture, the author provides priceless insights on why Americans behave as they do and answers the important questions a visitor might ask, from why Americans appear so open and...more
Paperback, 153 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Hippocrene Books
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Bought this on a lark as I often am surprised by the extent to which "Commonwealthers" find us to be strange and confusing. I include my fiancé in this! Anyway, this book is okay, neither better nor worse than any other culture crash course...baseline on American behaviors & why we have them. Might be useful for a first-time visitor, or someone who immigrated yet still struggles to "get us."
I was expecting those to be a butt more humorous, an American certain of Meeting the English perhaps. While it did have useful information it did seen rather biased and also seemed too be written pre financial crisis, I suspect a number off things gabber changed in the USA since then.
Rachel G.
While some parts of this book do offer some interesting insights to Americans as a people and US culture, this is mostly a practical guide to the US for foreigners. I was hoping for something more along the lines of social anthropology, but I guess I'll have to find something else.
Obviously I would have enjoyed this book more were I not an America...as I knew what the authors was talking about. But it was a really thorough view of many aspects of American life and what to expect if you were to move or visit here.
Interesting read about how Americans are viewed by someone who is from another country. It will cause you to laugh out loud when reading about some of the things Americans do everyday.
Useful, concise, and occasionally insightful and even funny. Good read for everyone considering moving to the US or getting established here.
Feb 10, 2011 zltg rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Yale Richmond served as a cultural officer in the U.S. Foreign Service with postings in Germany, Laos, Poland.
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