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Notes on Them and Us A Plan for an Amicable Separation Between Britain and America by Justin Webb

Notes on Them and Us A Plan for an Amicable Separation Between Britain and America


Notes on Them and Us A Plan for an Amicable Separation Between Britain and America by Justin Webb

Britain and America have a new word to describe their relationship: 'essential' has now been replaced by 'special'.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.


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

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

1st September 2011


Justin Webb

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Short Books Ltd


288 pages


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