If Only They Didn't Speak English

  • by Jon Sopel
  • Narrated by Jon Sopel
  • 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As the BBC's North America Editor, Jon Sopel has had a pretty busy time of it lately. In the 18 months it's taken for a reality star to go from laughingstock to leader of the free world, Jon has travelled the length and breadth of the United States, experiencing it from a perspective that most of us could only dream of: he has flown aboard Air Force One, interviewed President Obama and has even been described as 'a beauty' by none other than Donald Trump.
Through music, film, literature, TV and even through the food we eat and the clothes that we wear we all have a highly developed sense of what America is and through our shared, tangled history we claim a special relationship. But America today feels about as alien a country as you could imagine. It is fearful, angry and impatient for change. Reflecting on his journey across the continent to cover the most turbulent race in recent history, Jon Sopel lifts a lid on the seething resentments, profound anxieties and sheer rage that found its embodiment in a brash, unpredictable and seemingly unstoppable figure.
In this fascinating, insightful portrait of American life and politics, Jon sets out to answer our questions about a country that once stood for the grandest of dreams but which is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division and increasingly perverse beliefs.

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Very funny indeed

Another account of our post-truth society and yet, I found this book highly amusing. Whether it's Jon Sopel's interpretation of the non-existing 'special relationship', or his dry and factual yet humorous way of talking about what led to Trump and Brexit as well as the Post-Trump and Post-Brexit era (I'm not sure what's worse), I enjoyed this book from start to finish. And if the world falls apart, one can count on the BBC and their reporters to do an excellent job reporting on it.
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- Martin

Brilliant, entertaining and superb

Jon manages to assess and examine contemporary America, and Americans - including those who supported Trump - fairly and objectively. And he does so in an extremely entertaining, thought provoking, scary, eye-opening and balanced way, establishing the whys and wherefores of where our friends across the Pond are in their minds. It's a superb and brilliant read. Or as we say in Welsh "ardderchog" (excellent) 👏 I thoroughly recommend it!!
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- Chris Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-09-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks