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America Unchained by Dave Gorman

Ebury Press

Mark Haddon

"A freewheeling road trip in search of non-corporate USA"

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I don't normally read non-fiction books.  Not for any particular reason other than I usually find they don't hold my attention that well!  However, I was drawn in by the cover of this Dave Gorman novel as it sat on a bookshelf in my house.  Not only that, but the theme was of great interest to me - discovering a non-corporate America.

I have grown to dislike America in recent years, but there is part of me which feels this may be a little un-just.  Basing an entire opinion of a country on their political leaders is a little harsh to say the least.  So, it was with enthusiasm that I delved in to 'America Unchained'.

Dave Gorman has a brilliant writing style in this novel - he pretty much writes anything, which includes leaving in emails from editors and friends.  His emotions seem to go all over the place during the trip and he doesn't care about hiding them.  To the contrary he mentions them very regularly and they further help you to understand what the trip must have been like.

This book is funny and always on-the-go.  There is never a dull moment so much so that on more than one occasion I almost missed my station!  It also succeeded in showing me that there is more to America than the corporate image that is so readily portrayed.  Of course, it has not inspired me to visit everywhere, but it has reminded me that America is a big country so of course there must be a hell of a lot of decent folk there, and dare I say, probably more than in good ol' Blighty!

 

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Reviewed on 05/06/2008 by Angela

 

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ISBN: 0091899338

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