America Pa

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Edition: 00
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2010-09-20
Publisher(s): Random House (NY)
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A Fascinating Perspective  March 29, 2011
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I've been waiting a long time to read a piece of non-fiction that is as beautifully written as this textbook is. It is as if Baudrillard traveled to the future, read the first great 21st Century novel and retold the story except that he completely forgot the narrative, and left us with only the protagonist's thoughts. Sure he missteps a couple of times and you're left with the impression by the end of certain paragraphs that instead of offering the reader a real observation Baudrillard has merely circumnavigated the semblance of one, I loved ecampus price very much I'll get more books from here.






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Summary

In America , France's leading philosopher of postmodernism took to the freeways to produce a collection of traveler's tales from the land of hyper reality. From the sierras of New Mexico to the streets of New York and LA by night-"a sort of luminous, geometric, incandescent immensity"- Baudrillard mixes apercus and observations with a wicked sense of fun to provide a unique insight into the country that dominates the world.

In this new edition, leading cultural critic and novelist Geoff Dyer offers a thoughtful and perceptive take on the continuing resonance of Baudrillard's book in Obama's America.

"Since de Tocqueville, French thinkers have been fascinated with America. But when it comes to mysterious paradoxes and lyrical complexity no French intellectual matches Jean Baudrillard in contemplating the New World. He has become a sharp-shooting Lone Ranger of the post-Marxist left." (The New York Times)

Prophet of the apocalypse, hysterical lyricist of panic, obsessive recounter of the desolation of the postmodern scene. (The Guardian )

Occasionally provocative and almost always infuriating … America is filled with perceptive, almost poetic observations. (Rolling Stone )

Author Biography

Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007) began teaching sociology at the Université de Paris-X in 1966. He retired from academia in 1987 to write books and travel until his death in 2007. His many works include Simulations and Simulacra, America, The Perfect Crime, The System of Objects, Passwords, The Transparency of Evil, The Spirit of Terrorism, and Fragments, among others.

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