If Only They Didn't Speak English: Notes From Trump's America
'You see, if only they didn’t speak English in America, then we’d treat it as a foreign country – and probably understand it a lot better’
‘the sanest man in America’ – Bill Bryson
‘Jon Sopel nails it’ – Emily Maitlis
**With a brand new chapter, charting Trump's first year in power**
As the BBC’s North America Editor, Jon Sopel has had a pretty busy time of it lately...more
The title is part of this sentence: "If only they didn't speak English in America, then we'd treat it as a foreign country - and possibly understand it better." He covers the difference in approach between ...more
Donald Trump’s subsequent election and his first 18 months in the job have made Washington and world affairs febrile with opinion, outrage, incredulity, and interest- big time.
Jon Sopel’s book is a 90% state -of - the - nation ...more
Note: I think the title is wrong on this entry. The picture of the book is correct and matches my ISBN, but the title does not match the ISBN (nor the picture).
If you are an American who wants to get a glimpse of your culture through the eyes of the British, Jon Sopel’s If Only They Didn’t Speak English: Notes from Trump’s America might interest you. Sopel is a Washington D.C. political correspondent for the BBC and has been in America for about four years. It feels as if the subtitle, “Notes fr ...more
I also understood just how much the American society loves their guns and the love of their Trump.
And I think if the e ...more
a) exploring the myriad and profound ways in which America is different to the UK, despite the common language (attitudes to guns, god, and government for a start);
b) discussing how some of these differences were instrumental in Trump's victory;
c) looking at the tactics Trump deployed, and why t ...more
Sopel doesn't take aim at Trump or at Clinton, he doesn't lambast the poor coverage or the role of social media and he doesn't reduce Americans down to thoughtless fools. Instead, he explains, in a humorous and engaging fashion, what it is that makes the USA a place where a person like Trump could be elected. He d ...more
Could have given it five stars but there were some typos, the tone of voice got a bit tedious and there were some odd uses of commas. Also clearly because it discusses Trump a lot it’s a snapshot from ...more
The edition I read ha ...more
Sopel's book is an enjoyable, light hearted, funny and nuanced look at what life is like in the states. He shows how, though we'd like to think we do, we Brits dont really understand America or Americans and if anything never can and maybe never should.
Interestingly he comes accross as quite sympathetic to Donald Trump, which is a bit odd given that he makes the case for the 45th president being unhinged. Sopel clearly loves America and has a lot of time for Americans and their way of life, though, which is oddly nice to read.
It's rather pathetic: for centuries Scotland an France maintained the "Auld Alliance" against England, but it was always unequal- France gained more for small investment, and France forgot us completely when it suited, but we kept on loving France.
This is how US/UK relations are.
If you followed G7 in Italy via La Repubblica or L'Express you'd have seen May trailing forl ...more
Having said that I thought the early chapters were good, covering ground less known in the UK. Some of the better known sections did raise a "God, yes, I had forgotten about that..."
OK and enjoyable to a point but a bit lightweight overall.
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