By Jean Baudrillard
'Since de Toqueville, French thinkers were occupied with the United States. but if it involves mysterious paradoxes and lyrical complexity no French highbrow suits Jean Baudrillard in considering the hot World... [He] has develop into a sharp-shooting Lone Ranger of the post-Marxist left." -- ny instances "The choice of wild, usually hilarious postcards from his journey to the US includes a few of the year's so much orignal and lovely writing." -- New Statesman and Society " ... sometimes provocative and ordinarily infuriating ... the United States is full of perceptive, nearly poetic observations." -- Rolling Stone "A mix of loopy notions and dead-on insights, the USA is a helpful (and voluable) photograph of what Mr. Baudrillard calls 'the in simple terms ultimate primitive society' -- ours." -- big apple occasions ebook evaluate
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America by Jean Baudrillard