It was okay. I think the intro said it all when she said something to the effect that this would have been a different book if she'd been working in a pub in a suburb. Indeed. It's really a field guide to the *rich and powerful* British, including politicians, landowners, and entertainers. I learned very little about your average-income Brit. She attempts to get hold of what makes the British British, especially in comparison to Americans. Some of her insights are obvious, like the observation that Americans are fond of shouting "We're number 1!" and generallly bragging and chest-puffing, while the British are self-deprecating and make a hobby of saying "Oh, it was nothing." Others are more interesting, like relating the punishing post-war years (where rationing went on and on and on) to the fact that the food is often bad in Britain and that many Brits take a kind of pride in that. Or that British men are so sexist, prone to schoolboy antics, boob jokes, and spanking the bottoms of female co-workers. While we are more Puritanical, I do appreciate that if someone got up in congress to talk about funding breast cancer research, there wouldn't be hooting and the motions of pushing breasts up. Seriously. And some observations were reaching. Yes, there are some seriously intense animal rights groups there, but is that any different than here? PETA, anyone? Overall, I enjoyed much of it, but found her tone sometimes condescending and some of her conclusions only applicable to the upper crust Brit.