The course examines several burning problems of contemporary life, history and culture of the USA on the basis of materials published in American newspapers and the latest books in the field of American studies. The title "America Uncut" is explained by the fact that it analyses materials written by Americans themselves. These people—politicians, writers, political scientists, journalists and ordinary Americans-express their opinion on numerous problems of American political and everyday life frankly and honestly, without trying to make the general picture more pleasant or more attractive. We will examine materials which are written on the basis of up-to-date—news, literary works, poetry and prose, as well as analyze numerous video materials. We will also use materials written by Russian politicians and journalists which will create a foundation for a meaningful and well-grounded discussion. The course aims at improving the students' skills of reading and analyzing texts on political issues in the original, improving the skills of adequate expression and support of their own point of view, formulating their interpretation and conception of the problem, either suggested beforehand or appearing in the course of the discussion in the classroom. Some of the most prominent examples of oratorical art and rhetoric of the USA and English Speaking countries will be considered to encourage interest in the political history and culture not only of the USA, but of other countries as well. The following issues are analyzed in the course: globalization and americanization, the American dream today, American heroes and anti-heroes, American ways of life, political correctness, watergate and other scandals, Hollywood: the place where your dreams come true, feminists and feminism, American charity, American art and culture today: icons and idols.