Jon Sopel signed up to write post US election book on the state of the nation

Written by James Millar on 8 November 2016 in Culture
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BBC's veteran journo to pen his thoughts on the state of modern America

The BBC's North America editor Jon Sopel is to pen his thoughts on the state of America once the presidential election is all over.

Sopel's book, given the lengthy title of If Only They Didn't Speak English: Adventures in America - Inside the Strangest Country on Earth, will be published next year by BBC Books.

He's had a ring side seat as the current clash between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and he's also interviewed Barack Obama since become the BBC's man in North America in 2014. Before that he had stints reading the news as well as reporting from Paris and presenting the Politics Show from Westminster. During the 2003 Iraq war he filed from Kuwait City.

According to the publisher the book will "answer our questions about a country that once stood for the grandest of dreams but which is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division, and increasingly perverse beliefs".

Sopel, currently gearing up for one of the tightest election nights in US history, said: "Has there even been a crazier, more bizarre, unsettling and fascinating time to be in this country that we think we know so well? Turns out to be a lot stranger place to live in than ever I thought imaginable. The upside: it's never dull, and the down is that I am never off planes travelling across this vast continent trying to explain it."

 

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