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If Only They Didn't Speak English: Notes From Trump's America Paperback – 31 May 2018

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: BBC EBURY; Updated edition (16 July 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785942271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785942273
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 281 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jon Sopel may be the sanest man in America. He is certainly one of the most insightful … Immensely enjoyable" (Bill Bryson)

"Jon Sopel nails it … If Only They Didn’t Speak English is an entertaining and enlightening stock take of how we got here." (Emily Maitlis, Presenter, BBC Newsnight)

"A wonderfully readable, perceptive account of what America looks like today through the eyes of a seasoned, informed but ultimately sympathetic observer. He addresses head-on such difficult questions as why it is America's most God-fearing opponents of abortion who are also the most passionate supporters of the gun lobby and the death penalty. He reminds us that President Trump's "America First" policy is nothing new – but that America made an invaluable contribution to Western Europe's defence of its liberty in two world wars. And he describes graphically how US Presidential politics became Reality TV in 2016, leaving us, rightly, with a deep sense of unease about the way fake facts and bare-faced lies, often encouraged by enemies of democracy abroad, now pose a real threat to the survival of our values and institutions. Read it alongside the late, great Lynne Olson's Citizens of London and J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy." (Sir Peter Westmacott, Former British Ambassador to the United States)

"Jon Sopel tries to explain the madness of Trump's America with an elegant sense of stoic bewilderment. Brilliant" (Emma Kennedy, Actress, Writer and Broadcaster)

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The definitive book on the making of Trump's America from the BBC's North America Editor, Jon Sopel. Now updated with an exclusive new chapter.

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5.0 out of 5 starsScary but hopeful exploration of America's weaknesses and strengths.
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