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America

“A sharp-shooting Lone Ranger of the post-Marxist left.”—New York Times
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 aperçus and observations with a wicked sense of fun to provide a unique insight into the country that dominates our world. In this new edition, leading cultural critic and novelist Geoff Dyer offers a thoughtful and perceptive take on the continued resonance of Baudrillard’s America.

Reviews

  • “Occasionally provocative and almost always infuriating … America is filled with perceptive, almost poetic observations.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”

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  • Baudrillard's “stunning” America one of the Financial Times’ best non-fiction books of 2010

    Edwin Heathcote, the Financial Times' architecture critic, selects Jean Baudrillard's America  as one of the best non-fiction books of 2010:

    Baudrillard's stunning contemplation on the vastness of the US was first published in English in 1988 and is reissued here with an excellent introduction by Geoff Dyer.

    Visit the Financial Times to read the full list.

Other books by Jean Baudrillard Introduction by Geoff Dyer

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    Cool Memories

    Cool Memories is the other side of America, the disillusioned side, presented in the form of a diary, though not in the classical sense.