America Paperback – 20 Sep 2010
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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. --New York Times
About the Author
JEAN BAUDRILLARD (1929-2007) began teaching sociology at the Universite 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 The Transparency of Evil, The System of Objects, The Perfect Crime, and The Spirit of Terrorism, all from Verso.
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Why any one or any nation feels affronted by observations is beyond my conception. Although the meta-narrative concept of Truth may have been abandoned, the postmodern notion of truth still exists and is no less valid. This text is a wonderfully balanced and clearly observed encounter with America at that point in history. it is not a definitive 'guide' or expose, because it was not supposed to be and besides such concreteness is pure illusion. So Baudrillard was French, so he cast his rapier vision Westwards? So what? It exists, get over it. Rather than offer any more comment I have chosen to offer instead, my favourite observations on the observations.
"One could almost believe that the American Deserts were created precisely in order to satisfy the cloud-stifled yearnings of northern Europeans" (p. XI)
"Clouds spoil our European skies. Compared with the immense skies of America and their thick clouds, our little fleecy skies and little fleecy clouds resemble our fleecy thoughts, which are never thoughts of wide open spaces." (p.16)
"Meaning is born out of the erosion of words, significations are born out of the erosion of signs" (p.4)
"Whose immanence is breathtaking, yet lacking a past through which to reflect on this, and therefore fundamentally primitive ... It's primitivism has passed into the hyperbolic, inhuman character of a universe that is beyond us, that far outstrips its own moral, social, or ecological rationale." (p.8)
"It is the saddest sight in the world. Sadder than destitution, sadder than the beggar is the man who eats alone in public. Nothing more contradict the laws of man or beast, for animals always do each other the honour of sharing or disputing each others' food.Read more ›
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read this some years ago, and had to get a copy for keeps. fantastic writer, a really enjoyable bookPublished 1 month ago by Scott Baker
Baudrillard's America is an important book for the fan of this great thinker. It is not important, however, for those who are looking for some pathetic anti-American rant. Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2001
This is definitely a book you shouldn't miss. It's very true, very deep and you'll definitely keep thinking about it for a very long time. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2000