J.B. Priestley
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Scribner's, 1965
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Behind the Golden Curtain
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Stoughton, 1965
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Behind the Golden Curtain: a View of the USA
Published in the turmoil of the early 1960s, this very personal examination of America was based on Susan Cooper’s travels researching a feature series for The London Sunday Times, and on the subsequent columns she wrote for British newspapers after marrying an American with three teenage children.
“I loved being a reporter. Here I am at 28, trying to explain the Brits to the Americans and the Yanks to the British.  The book finds Americans ‘anxious but complacent, loveable but disturbing.’ It tells you quite a lot about the Sixties, but probably more about its fascinated, critical, optimistic, very young and very English author.”
Miss Cooper’s best sections—and these are marvellous—are plain exposition, in which the comparisons are not plaintive but elucidating, and perhaps the best of all these is the section on education, which is a first-rate survey of two dissimilar systems.
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