America

America

by Jean Baudrillard
     
 

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France’s leading philosopher of postmodernism takes to the freeways in a collection of traveller’s tales from the land of hyperreality.See more details below

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France’s leading philosopher of postmodernism takes to the freeways in a collection of traveller’s tales from the land of hyperreality.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone
“Occasionally provocative and almost always infuriating … America is filled with perceptive, almost poetic observations.”
The New York Times
“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.”
The New York Times Book Review
“A mixture of crazy notions and dead-on insights, America is a valuable (and voluble) picture of what Mr. Baudrillard calls ‘the only remaining primitive society’ … ours.”
The Guardian
“Prophet of the apocalypse, hysterical lyricist of panic, obsessive recounter of the desolation of the postmodern scene.”
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“Occasionally provocative and almost always infuriating ... America is filled with perceptive, almost poetic observations.”—Rolling Stone

“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.”—The New York Times

“A mixture of crazy notions and dead-on insights, America is a valuable (and voluble) picture of what Mr. Baudrillard calls ‘the only remaining primitive society’ ... ours.”—The New York Times Book Review

Library Journal
Like de Tocqueville before him, Baudrillard, a French social scientist, is in search of the American ethos. His little essay, however, lacks the substance, perspicacity, and originality of a Democracy in America . Rather, Baudrillard's analysis tends to be grandiloquent and sometimes hackneyed, as when he observes ``Americans believe in facts, but not in facticity , '' and ``The cinema and TV are America's reality!'' In addition, the book is overpriced. Not recommended. Kenneth F. Kister, Poynter Inst. for Media Studies, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844676828
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
09/20/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
378,263
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

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