America Unchained

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Ebury Publishing, 2009 - Anti-globalization movement - 384 pages
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The plan was simple. Go to America. Buy a second-hand car. Drive coast-to-coast without giving any money to The Man(tm). What could possibly go wrong? Dismayed by the relentless onslaught of faceless American chains muscling in where local businesses had once thrived, Dave Gorman set off on the ultimate American road trip--in search of the true, independent heart of the U S of A. He would eat cherry pie from local diners, re-fuel at dusty gas stations, and stock up on supplies from Mom and Pop's grocery store. At least that was the idea. But when did you last see an independent gas station? Gamely, Dave beds down in a Colorado trailer park, sleeps in an Oregon forest tree house, and even spends Thanksgiving with a Mexican family in Kansas. But when his road trip mutates into an odyssey of near-epic proportions and he finds himself being threatened at gun point in Mississippi, Dave starts to worry about what's going to break down next. The car . . . or him?

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User Review  - foolplustime - LibraryThing

I've read this one before, twice in fact, so this isn't really a review so much as an - even though I've read it before, twice in fact, it's still really readable and really enjoyable. Read full review

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User Review  - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing

I liked the premise of the road trip, although I did find it slightly ironic that Gorman was rejecting the idea of big chains and brands, while managing to milk the trip and his own personal brand for ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Dave Gorman is an award-winning comedian, storyteller, and writer. He has numerous TV writing credits and was part of the double BAFTA-winning team behind The Mrs Merton Show. His live shows have won many awards and he is the only performer to twice win the Jury Prize for Best One Person Show at the prestigious HBO US Comedy Arts Festival. He was the host of Genius, which ran for three series on Radio 4 and then two series on BBC2. He has appeared in numerous other TV shows, including Absolutely Fabulous, The Frank Skinner Show, Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His documentary film, America Unchained, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Austin Film Festival. His 2013 TV show, Modern Life Is Goodish, made for UKTV's Dave channel, saw him dissecting the foibles of modern life in six hour-long comic performances.

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