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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About 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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