Made in America

Author: Bill Bryson

In Made in America, Bill Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood; how the Wild West wasn’t won; why Americans say “lootenant” and “Toosday”; and exactly why Mr. Yankee Doodle called his feathered cap “Macaroni.”….Read More

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