Reviewer David W. Menefee: David is a Pulitzer nominated American author, ghost writer, screenwriter, book editor, and film historian. David’s career began as a writer and marketing representative for the Dallas Times Herald and the Dallas Morning News. His books have appeared under various imprints and in a variety of categories, such as biography, travel, historical fiction, mysteries, and romance. Two books by David were named among the 2011 Top 10 Silent Film Books of the Year: Wally: The True Wallace Reid Story, and The Rise and Fall of Lou-Tellegen. His most recent releases include Sweet Memories and the 1950s romance trilogy, Can't Help Falling in Love, Come Away to Paradise, and Catch a Falling Star (with co-author Carol Dunitz). David lives in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Author: Lance Johnson.
Author: Lance Johnson.
Every person living in America should be required to study this book.
The divides separating ages, cultures, religions, and races could largely be eliminated and a utopian civilization could be finally achieved if we simply understood each other, but we’re not all working off the same page. Lance Johnson has produced the ultimate guide for bringing about a universal understanding between the millions of people living, working, and loving inside the United States.
could be worse than nudging a naïve neophyte into the magnificent
melting pot known as America.
This book could be their salvation, but beware of the misleading
title. You might think that What
Foreigners Need to Know About America from A to Z
nothing but factoids for foreigners, but you need look no further
than yourself and those within your intimate circle of friends to
realize that our entire population today woefully lacks a perception
of etiquette, knowledge of this country’s heritage, awareness of
culture, know-how about business, and comprehension of language. We
need alertness to TLC: Tradition, Legacy, and Custom. This monumental
book holds the missing key to collective comprehension.
The 566-page book weighs as much as a big city telephone book, and you cannot absorb the whole in one reading (I tried), but thankfully, Johnson has divided the digest into four sections:
dreams that immigrants brought from the four winds, and the
government, geography, history, law, religions, and measurements that
America’s Culture: our customs and etiquette, education, relationships, literature, films, art, sports, food and dining, dress and appearance, media, holidays and traditions, and attitudes.
unions, banking, customs and conduct, owning a business, how to get a
job, and paying taxes.
America’s Language: how to talk and write correcting, slang, and tonality.
matter contains appendices for:
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
Colleges with Largest Percentage of International Students
Sample Income Tax Form 1040
Pulitzer Prize-winning books
Academy Awards for Best Picture
The Famous 1897 New York Sun article “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Clause”
A list of the current 50 United States
A comprehensive 100-question Quiz on US Government
You might wonder what the above topics have to do with understanding Americans, but these subjects fuse together the follies, foibles, and fundamentals that formed this country. The author profusely illustrates his text with more than 650 photos, maps, charts, and illustrations. His writing style embraces excellent grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and spelling. Each of the four main sections is also available as a separate paperback edition. Those Volumes 1-4 allow a reader to hone in on areas they may feel that they most need to study, but the huge multi-volume edition can be found in both paperback and Kindle book editions. Study remains the keyword here, because the author outlays everything everyone needs to learn about living, working, socializing, and doing business in America. A comprehensive Index makes referring back to some detail a snap. Throughout the book, the author interjects "hints" that offer his personal pointers about how to further understand a given topic, not unlike having your best friend nudge you and whisper a tip that completely clarifies your understanding.
The book should be last course all high school students must pass before graduating, compulsory for earning a college diploma, mandatory for every management trainee, and a required refresher for all senior citizens before beginning to collect Social Security. Our nation would be vastly improved if all adults were following the same guiding principles.
Foreigners Need to Know About America from A to Z pulls
together between two covers a richly researched, all-inclusive
panorama of America’s
heritage, culture, business, and language. If this country ever
ceases to exist, I hope this book survives as a testament to the
truth that there was once a land where life’s leading lights shown
at their brightest on a candelabra forged from the iron of the ages.
Until that dark day, Lance Johnson has provided us with a workbook
for winning that has been struck from those same elements and should
be on your gift list for friends setting up in America for the first
time, any student emerging from the classroom into the jungle of
life, and all the rest of us who have forgotten the beauty of the
forest because of the tangle of trees.
Johnson has an Ivy League graduate business degree and has studied at
England. He has traveled through 81 countries, served as manager of
an international consulting firm, and appeared in many movies, stage
plays, and commercials.