To America with Love by A.A. Gill

To America with Love

IN TO AMERICA WITH LOVE, celebrated British provocateur and Vanity Fair colum­nist A.A. Gill traverses the Atlantic to become the freshest chronicler of American identity in recent memory. With a fiery temper, a sharp-tongued wit, and an insatiable curiosity to figure out what makes more than 300 million of the world’s population tick, Gill traces the history and logic of our nation’s habits, collecting wild stories and startling facts along...

Details To America with Love

TitleTo America with Love
Release DateJul 9th, 2013
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreNonfiction, Travel, Politics, Literature, American

Reviews To America with Love

  • Shelley
    Vanity Fair lured me into reading this book by printing an extract last summer. The segment was drawn from a chapter in which A.A. Gill took to task the grand Old World tradition of looking-down-our-noses-if-you-please at America and its culture and proceeded to steamroll that sentiment with humor, insight and balls the size of bungalows.As a Brit, Gill seemed unafraid of voicing his opinion, despite the risk of backlash by some of his peers amon...
  • Ted Lehmann
    I really wanted to like A.A. Gill's To America with Love (Simon & Schuster, 2013, $25.00, 256 pages, originally published in Great Britain in 2012), but little things kept intruding on my consciousness to lead me first to question its accuracy and then to actually distrust not only the facts but the point of view underlying it. That's a shame, because there's much to the book that deserves admiration or that succeeds in simultaneously entertainin...
  • Mitchell
    Compared to Gill’s previous books, which have all been collections of short journalism pieces, The Golden Door is a more cohesive book which gathers a selection of his essays on America. The pieces can still be read independently, but I got the impression it was written to order, and it’s loosely connected by Gill’s exploration of his family tree and his ancestors who moved from Yorkshire to the US in the 19th century.Gill remains a brillia...
  • Ugh
    I discovered AA Gill's brilliance about 2 weeks before he made it public that he had cancer, and about a month before he died. The day he died, I bought this book; I'll be buying more.There are people who can write, and people who can write. Needless to say, I think Gill is one of the latter. Take this, which I sent a photo of to a friend who's moving to the US for a few months for an internship:On some unremarked day in the nineteenth century, E...
  • Audreyg
    Wasn't what I expected...thought he would be sneering down his British (Scots) nose at us colonials. This was not the case, although I expect he would have if he didn't have American cousins to visit. He's a pretty snarky guy - read some of his other stuff.Anyway, RIP, Mr. Gill.
  • Debbie
    A.A. Gill is a British journalist known not only for the quality of his writing, but also for his caustic prejudices against certain sections of humanity, e.g. the Welsh, the Isle of Man.This book consists of eighteen interconnected essays on America. Gill has family in America (American cousins) and has lived and worked there. He is obviously a big fan of the US, but also aware of the condescending attitude that Europeans & the British hold towa...
  • Adrian
    I have a problem with AA Gill, and I suspect it's one shared by many others: call me old-fashioned, but I need to like the author and like spending time in their company. Gill may be brilliant and articulate and witty but none of this adds up to any kind of sum of its parts, and he's something of a bore. I must however emphasise that there is some fascinating popular history in this book, and Gill's insights are often worth the time spent reading...
  • John
    Having liked Gill's previous books, I decided to give this one a try. Strong at the outset, where he makes the case that America is "envied" by others for its uniqueness, and not bad throughout the rest of the book (exception: skip the sex chapter!). However, I found his final conclusion a bit difficult to accept without any further discussion; he just sort of makes an assertion and the book ends. Recommended for those interested in a Brit's look...
  • Rosemary
    Not everyone one will like this hagiography of the United States. A A Gill is an entertaining writer on food and restaurants/ This is different because he find things admirable about so much of America. These 18 connected essays offers a light-hearted insight into history, the migrant experience (he has had relatives here) and the culture of the US today (the chapter on guns, for example). His love and knowledge of the place is balm to the ex-pat...
  • Teresa
    I have nearly finished reading this witty and erudite book by A. A. Gill who is better known as the TV and restaurant critic for the Sunday Times.He obviously has a great affection for his American forebears and gives a well researched view of America, her beginnings, her flaws and her strengths. It is also satisfying to find occasional glimpses of his ascerbic wit creeping into this well written book.
  • Michael
    It wouldn't be fair to compare AA Gill to Bill Bryson but it is interesting to contrast the writing style of An Englishman in the US and an American in England.And perhaps I have been spoilt by Bill but AA Gill comes across as very dry and rigid in his prose with very little folksy humour.There is absolutely nothing wrong with that but perhaps it doesn't come off the pages as well as Bill's and it feels like history lessons at times. Which I drea...
  • Simon Sweetman
    Funny how, sometimes, there are authors - as with musicians or filmmakers or anything in/of that nature - that you love. And then one day, almost all of a sudden you just don't. You no longer do. That's what happened here for me. Reading this. You're off the list A.A. Gill.
  • Clif Smith
    This is one of the funniest and most intelligently written books I've read in a long time. The British author makes historical connections to show the goodness of America and remind us of our good fortune to be here in this great country.
  • Phil Thoden
    This British author's observational skills, writing style and sense of humor are outstanding, in spite of the fact he believes that a hurricane - not a Midwestern tornado - blew a small Ohio town off the map. RIP to a brilliant writer.
  • Rachel
    Excellent prose.
  • Heather
    My least favourite from a favourite writer!
  • Earl Adams
    R.I.P. A. A. Gill
  • Jim Wilson