Made in America

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Harper Collins, Mar 1, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 432 pages
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Bill Bryson, who gave glorious voice to The Mother Tongue, now celebrates her magnificent offspring in the book that reveals once and for all how a dusty western hamlet with neither woods nor holly came to be known as Hollywood...and exactly why Mr. Yankee Doodle call his befeathered cap "Macaroni."
  

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Really interesting but light and easy to read. - Goodreads
Not a page turner, but still fascinating. - Goodreads
Bryson is a great writer. - Goodreads
This book has a happy ending! - Goodreads
These bits are hard to read and a little dry. - Goodreads
Bryson is as always an entertaining writer. - Goodreads

Review: Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States

User Review  - Frank - Goodreads

This is one of those books that I return to every six years or so to re-read. The tone is engaging, the subject matter both elevated and eclectic, and the pacing is brisk. The other reason I re-read ... Read full review

Review: Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States

User Review  - Jim Dudley - Goodreads

I enjoyed this, I knew I would. Bill Bryson is an exceptional writer with a knack for lacing his writing with fascinating asides and amusing facts. The word lists take a bit of reading but overall this is a great book. Read full review

Contents

The Mayflower and Before
1
Becoming Americans
13
America in the
30
Making a Nation
48
Forging a National
64
The Age of Invention
82
Names
100
Manifest Destiny Taming the West
119
13 Manners and Other Matters
219
Advertising in America
235
The Movies
248
Sport and Play
263
Politics and War
287
Sex and Other Distractions
304
From Kitty Hawk to the Jumbo Jet
324
The 1950s
334

Immigration in America
134
Travel in America
156
Eating in America
180
Shopping in America
206
American English Today
352
Select Bibliography
385
Index
395
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About the author (1996)

Bill Bryson is the bestselling author of At Home, A Walk in the Woods, The Lost Continent, Made in America, The Mother Tongue, and A Short History of Nearly Everything, winner of the Aventis Prize. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Bryson lives in England with his wife and children.

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