Brit-Think, Ameri-Think: A Transatlantic Survival Guide, Revised Edition

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When it comes to understanding the great cultural ocean that divides Brits and Yanks, it's not just our vocabulary but also our attitudes that differ. This irreverent guide surveys a whole gamut of British-American divergences, from sex to food, from pets to religion, from sports to money, and from war to-most divergent of all-humor. Entertaining and invaluable, Brit-Think, Ameri-Think has been updated to reflect changes in political, cultural, and social trends, and includes new chapters on cultural icons Oprah ...

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Overview

When it comes to understanding the great cultural ocean that divides Brits and Yanks, it's not just our vocabulary but also our attitudes that differ. This irreverent guide surveys a whole gamut of British-American divergences, from sex to food, from pets to religion, from sports to money, and from war to-most divergent of all-humor. Entertaining and invaluable, Brit-Think, Ameri-Think has been updated to reflect changes in political, cultural, and social trends, and includes new chapters on cultural icons Oprah Winfrey and Bridget Jones, and on Brit-cool vs. Ameri-cool.

An irreverent and indispensable guide to understanding the great cultural ocean that divides Britain and America.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An American broadcaster and journalist who lives in London with her British husband, Walmsley observes that Yanks and Brits have distinctly different ``attitudes and aspirations.'' Here she catalogues some of those differences, and the subjects include pets (``What Joan Collins is to Yanks' fantasies, sheepdogs are to Brits' ''); humor (``The vastly popular Johnny Carson Show laid a U.K. egg''); sports (cricket is ``an exercise of such subtlety that only life long devotees can tell when the ball is actually in play''); consumerism (``British salespeople are very attached to merchandise and try hard to keep it in the store''); and public appeal (``To succeed in America, you have to be `cute' ''). Walmsley also covers sex, death, religion, war, television and ice cream (``the Great Levelerthe Yank version of pubs''). This is a fine, funny guide from a perceptive humorist. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142001349
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/25/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 702,998
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Walmsley was born in Pittsburgh, but has lived in England for more than twenty years, where she works as a television broadcaster, producer, and journalist. She is married to a Brit, who is undoubtedly the source of much of her insight into the British character.

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Table of Contents

Brit-Think, Ameri-Think Preface

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2006

    brits and americans agree- a pass

    I thought that this book would be a humorous way of discussing of many differences I've noticed over the years. What I found was, within the first few chapters, so dull, repeatative, and sometimes insulting, that I am returning my copy and waiting for a refund. Either the subject matter really is too obvious to be interesting, or it is poorly handled in the hands of the author. Her descriptions of both Americans and the English seem, at times, dated and broad- at others, her experiences are so isoteric (what is all this about ice cream?) I couldn't relate to them. While many, many books have depicted the eccentricities of a nation with wit and charm this only succeeds in making me feel that everyone discussed was done a disservice.

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