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Charles Groenhuijsen: America is becoming progressively progressive. Really.

Once in a small Dutch town, called Utrecht, Charles Groenhuijsen studied history. He always had a passion to understand how we get to where we are today. A drive to learn the reasons behind events that impact how we see the world, what affects our attitude and what models and shapes how we move forward. Since then, Groenhuijsen has continued to write about his passion and his curiosity. After working in many editorial positions in the world of politics, he became a reporter for the NOS in the US. 

Whilst the vast majority of people have opinions about America and the American  people, Charles Groenhuijsen has his own unique perspective and admits being stateside is an experience he misses. What’s interesting about his findings is that although America has clearly made its mark in societal history, due to its fast success and a rags to riches ascendency, what came before is relatively unknown by those that live there. To most outsiders the nation has an underwhelming appreciation of its history, yet its evident the country has the ability to create some of the most sparking events in History, some of which we’re addicted to talking about.

Change is the only constant in the world and it’s clear to see that America is indeed changing. For better or for worse, we each have an opinion. To reflect on the last few years, we can see that the unexpected can and will continue to happen. With that comes the need for all of us to stand up for what we believe in. This October, Groenhuijsen will release his newest book; ‘All Things Pass’. Even Donald Trump! In his book he explores the upcoming presidential election and the rapidly changing society in the US. 

He’s since moved back to the Netherlands with his wife, and now writes to prepare talks about his experiences, and the idiosyncrasies he discovered in the land of opportunity. 

America – there’s more to it than meets the eye. So if you’re intrigued to learn more about the meandering history of the US, get your ticket for Planet Act now