Mother Tongue - English and How it Got That Way
New York: William Morrow, 1990.
This was only Bill Bryson's third book, a hugely entertaining history of the English language, which explores many of the anomalies of spelling and usage.
Bryson assumes that English is the world's most dominant language, but whether Spanish and Chinese will force its decline remains to be seen.
Near Fine in near fine dust-jacket. Hardcover.