By John F. Lyons (auth.)
How was once American tradition disseminated into Britain? Why did many British voters embody American customs? And what photo did they type of American society and politics? This attractive and wide-ranging background explores those and different questions on the U.S.'s cultural and political effect on British society within the post-World conflict II period.
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America in the British Imagination: 1945 to the Present by John F. Lyons (auth.)