In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.
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Bryson has done better
I've read many of Bryson's books, and must admit this was my least favorite. I expected the book to hae all those great stories that are in his books like At Home and One Summer. And there are plenty of those types of stories. But there are also many, many long grueling passages which consist of nothing but pronunciations of words followed by the year they entered the language. At times, it gets to be a struggle to muddle through. Those interested in the development of the Americn version of the English langauge may find it all interesting, but this was not Bryson's most entertaining effort.