Why America had a Revolution

When I was working at BBC World Service in London, a British colleague once said the only thing you needed to know about covering American politics was that the coasts were blue (Democrat) and the interior was red (Republican). True, sort of, on an electoral map, but a ridiculous way to sum up the complexities of the country.  


Linda Grant, columnist at the Guardian newspaper, offers a similar take on “two hopelessly incompatible Americas,” with large doses of snooty disdain for supposedly ignorant small town American gun nuts thrown in for colour. Grant, incidentally, lives in North London and appears to rely on a recently published novel for most of her insight into the American heartland.