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Americans: The View from Abroad
Americans The View from Abroad
Author: James C. Simmons
ISBN-13: 9780517576281
ISBN-10: 0517576287
Publication Date: 7/14/1990
Pages: 240
Edition: 1st ed
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Publisher: Harmony
Book Type: Hardcover
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In this easy-to-read and earnestly middlebrow book, free-lance writer Simmons has collected reflections of numerous non-Americans concerning life in the good ol' U.S.A. To judge from some foreign observers, America is Utopia--but the blunt comments of Mexican campesinos , cynical Soviet journalists, and snooty Brits help bring things down to earth. Some of the anecdotes are amusing, particularly the reaction of Easter Islanders upon watching a video tape of a vigorous Leonard Bernstein conducting Brahms: ```Ho, ho, ho,' they roared. `We have never seen so many people play just so one man can dance!''' For a more intellectually provocative discussion of the same topic, try Jean Baudrillard's America ( LJ 1/89).-- Kent Worcester, Columbia

America as seen through the eyes of hundreds of contemporary foreigners--from Russian emigres to Iranian mullaks, Swedish actresses to Italian film directors, British royals to illegal Mexican immigrants. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (