What I Saw in America

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Author: G.K. Chesterton
Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 92,085 / 261 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.1
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Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 2,334
Added to site: 2008.11.14
mnybks.net#: 22627
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Essays, Audiobook

What is America? -- A meditation in a New York hotel -- A meditation in Broadway -- Irish and other interviewers -- Some American cities -- In the American country -- The American business man -- Presidents and problems -- Prohibition in fact and fancy -- Fads and public opinion -- The extraordinary American -- The Republican in the ruins -- Is the Atlantic narrowing? -- Lincoln and lost causes -- Wells and the world state -- A new Martin Chuzzlewit -- The spirit of America -- The spirit of England -- The future of democracy.

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et Turks except in the Bab Ballads. It is not fair simply to compare America with England in its regulations about the Turk. In short, it is not fair to do what almost every Englishman probably does; to look at the American international examination paper, and laugh and be satisfied with saying, 'We don't have any of that nonsense in England.'

We do not have any of that nonsense in England because we have never attempted to have any of that philosophy in England. And, above all, because we have the enormous advantage of feeling it natural to be national, because there is nothing else to be. England in these days is not well governed; England is not well educated; England suffers from wealth and poverty that are not well distributed. But England is English; esto perpetua. England is English as France is French or Ireland Irish; the great mass of men taking certain national traditions for granted. Now this gives us a totally different and a very much easier task. We have not got an inqu

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