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Welcome to America, Please Be On Time: What Guide Books Tell Foreign Visitors to the U.S.

The United States is the second greatest tourist draw in the world, with 60-million-plus visitors in 2010 alone (France, number one, attracted almost 80 million). Flipping through a few of the many English-language tourist guides provides a fascinating, if non-scientific and narrow, window into how people from the outside world perceive America, Americans, and the surprises and pitfalls of spending time here.

Of the many pieces of advice proffered, four of the most common are: eat with your fingers (sometimes), arrive on time (always), don’t drink and drive (they take it seriously here!), and be careful about talking politics (unless you’ve got some time to spare). But they say more than that.

Read more. [Image: Flickr/xJason.Rogersx]

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    this kind of stuff is always so fascinating
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    I really like foreigners perspective of the US. And now I really want to read a foreign travel guide for America. On...
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    apparently describes...political culture as a “combination of shoot-from-the-hip mentality...
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    The above was literally one of the more fascinating articles I’ve read in awhile.
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    As an American abroad, I find this article fascinating. I had to consider some of these things about myself and my...
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    I have actually never looked at a guide book about the US, but the next time I’m at Foyles/Waterstones, I think I’ll...
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