What I Saw in America

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In 1921, G.K. Chesterton, an Englishman, lectured throughout the United States. The following year, he published this record of his impressions.

"I have never managed to lose my old conviction that travel narrows the mind," begins Chesterton, giving us some inkling of the aphoristic delights in store. He offers amusing insights on the architecture of American hotels and the real reasons for Prohibition. His purview also includes slavery, the Irish in America, the decline of the British Empire, Abraham Lincoln and...

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Overview

In 1921, G.K. Chesterton, an Englishman, lectured throughout the United States. The following year, he published this record of his impressions.

"I have never managed to lose my old conviction that travel narrows the mind," begins Chesterton, giving us some inkling of the aphoristic delights in store. He offers amusing insights on the architecture of American hotels and the real reasons for Prohibition. His purview also includes slavery, the Irish in America, the decline of the British Empire, Abraham Lincoln and the American businessman. Some of his conclusions are prophetic and others, we can say with hindsight, are wrong-headed, but refreshing.

"At once satiric and deadly serious, a profound and perceptive collection of essays." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781436525923
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) was the author of over 80 books, several hundred poems, 200 short stories and 4000 essays.

Simon Newman is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Glasgow. His research interests focus on the social and political history of early America.

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Table of Contents

1. What is America?; 2. A Meditation in a New York Hotel; 3. A Meditation in Broadway; 4. Irish and other Interviewers; 5. Some American Cities; 6. In the American Country; 7. The American Business Man; 8. Presidents and Problems; 9. Prohibition in Fact and Fancy; 10. Fads and Public Opinion; 11. The Extraordinary American; 12. The Republican in the Ruins; 13. Is the Atlantic Narrowing?; 14. Lincoln and Lost Causes; 15. Wells and the World State; 16. A New Martin Chuzzlewit; 17. The Spirit of America; 18. The Spirit of England ; 19. The Future of Democracy

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