POTTER ON AMERICA by Stephen Potter


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A most courteous rejoinder to one short and two longer visits to the United States by the man whose Gamesmans and other books have won him a special following. He boards all ships here --tourist, guest, lecturer, golfer, observer, -- Jazz, art, education, foreigner abroad-- without the centuries old complaints and criticisms; he is good-tempered and well-mannered and his compliments are searched out with sincerity. His two visits in 1955 recall his trip in 1951 and the three round out his impressions of the United States -- dreamed of when he was a boy in England. East, west, north (to Canada) and south -- and all the stopping places, drinks, food, clothes, trains, parties, manners, variations in voice, customs and atmosphere are part of his record. His last lecturing swing brings him into the college and club circuit and even here his appreciation of the ""perfectionism"" of hospitality does not weary nor stale his fresh view of what so many Britons have condemned, nor does the tedium of ""singing for his supper"" dull the ridicule he turns on himself. And for all these kind words there is besides a largesse of happily turned phrases, pleasant to funny incidents -- and a gay traveling companion for viewing one's own country. Fans will please line up on the right.

Pub Date: May 22nd, 1957
Publisher: Random House