Britain and America have a new word to describe their relationship: 'essential' has now been replaced by 'special'. Justin Webb would prefer all adjectives to be abandoned in an effort to tell the real story. Notes on Them & Us is a wry account of the transatlantic friendship as it actually exists today - how Americans see us, how we Brits see them - and Webb, presenter on Radio 4's Today programme and formerly the BBC's North American editor for eight years, is perfectly placed to comment. An amusing, myth-breaking, unflinchingly honest read, this is not an attack on either the English or the Americans. Webb concludes that there is a fault line in the long-standing marriage between these two great nations, a cultural divide that separates us. And he argues that recognising this divide, even celebrating it, is the key to a rich future collaboration.
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Justin Webb is a presenter on Radio Four's Today programme. He was previously the BBC's North America editor and he has spent the last eight years shaping and leading the BBC's coverage of the US and its neighbours. He lives in London with his wife Sarah and their children Martha, Sam and Clara.Review:
"If you want to know what makes Americans tick, read this book. Webb knows America - and it shows." John Humphrys "Not since Charles Wheeler has the BBC had as fine an American correspondent. His perceptive reporting has been a joy." The Times "Webb's take on the two great nations is expert, familiar, profound, funny" --Jeremy Vine "Webb was the BBC's North American editor for eight years. Here he straddles the Pond to explore the tectonic shifts between Britain and America, and why, even if they rub each other up the wrong way, the two nations are inextricably linked." The Times "Webb offers a fun look at politics." The Catholic Herald
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