In 1942 the United States War Department distributed a handbook to American Servicemen advising them on the peculiarities of the 'British, their country, and their ways'. The guide was intended to lessen the culture shock for those embarking on their first trip to Great Britain, and for the most part, abroad. The instructions are a wonderful interpretation of the differences between the two allies. By turns hilarious and poignant, many observations remain quaintly relevant today.Every page is full of enchantingly nostalgic advice and observations. Reproduced in a style reminiscent of the era, this is a wonderfully evocative war-time memento.
The reader, from whatever country, will revel in the amusing and terrifically truthful American perception of the British character and country.
Publisher: Bodleian Library
Number of pages: 48
Weight: 90 g
Dimensions: 155 x 100 x 8 mm
'a perfect gift book' - Independent Publisher's Catalogue 'this book is full of charm and highlights the poignant contrast between two very different attitudes to life' - Lincolnshire Echo 'On seven pages of foolscap, in under 6,000 typewritten words, the unknown author drew up a guide to wartime Britain, and an Ordnance Survey map of its psyche' - The Daily Telegraph