Due for release 31st May 2018

If Only They Didn't Speak English

Notes From Trump's America

Jon Sopel

'You see, if only they didn’t speak English in America, then we’d treat it as a foreign country – and probably understand it a lot better’

As the BBC’s North America Editor, Jon Sopel has experienced the United States from a perspective that most of us could only dream of: he has flown aboard Air Force One, interviewed President Obama and was famously described as ‘a beauty’ by Donald Trump.

Through music, film, literature, TV and even through the food we eat and the clothes that we wear we all have a highly developed sense of what America is and through our shared, tangled history we claim a special relationship. But America today feels about as alien a country as you could imagine. It is fearful, angry and impatient for change.

In this fascinating, insightful portrait of American life and politics, Jon Sopel sets out to answer our questions about a country that once stood for the grandest of dreams, but which is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division and increasingly perverse beliefs.

  • BBC Books
  • Published 31st May 2018
  • 400 Pages
  • 126mm x 198mm x 24mm
  • 270g
  • £9.99