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30 Satires

By Lewis H. Lapham

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Widely celebrated for his political essays, Lewis Lapham is a satirist who belongs in the company of Ambrose Bierce, H.L. Mencken, and Mark Twain. Over the last twenty years, he has experimented with satire in its several forms - as burlesque, pasquinade, invective, and deadpan jest. This first assemblage of Lapham's satires presents thirty pieces that hold their currency and humor against the tide of social and political change that has engulfed American society inrecent times. Written with pointed and often savage wit, they skewer the pretensions and vanities of America's equestrian classes.
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Prose, poetry, art, and fiction from the pages of America's oldest continuously published monthly magazine celebrate the 150th anniversary of Harper's with selections by Horace Greeley, Pearl Buck, Robert Rost, Thomas Hardy, Nadine Gordimer, Joyce Carol Oates, James Thurber, Andy Warhol, John Cheever, James Baldwin, and other notable contributors. 75,000 first printing.
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A discussion of freedom of speech & a critique of the Bush administration's policies by the editor of 'Harpers Magazine.' Never before, Lewis Lapham argues, have voices of protest been so locked out of the mainstream conversation, so marginalized and muted by a government that recklessly disregards civil liberties, and by an ever more concentrated and profit-driven media in which the safe and the salable sweep all uncomfortable truths from view. 192p.
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In Hotel America, Lewis Lapham draws a portrait of a society at a loss to know what to think or make of itself at the end of a century once defined as America's own. His observations speak to the moral and intellectual confusions visited upon the American ruling elites - in the media and the universities as well as in business and government - during the years 1989-1995. The spectacle is both comic and sad, a march of folly that calls forth Lapham's unique range of talents as an essayist - clarity of mind, acerbic wit, a thorough knowledge of American history (both ancient and modern), a sense of the absurd, a gift for the apt word and memorable phrase. Drawn across a broad canvas of incidental and scene. Lapham's sketches take as their occasions events as different from one another as the wars in Panama and the Persian Gulf, the apotheosis of Richard Nixon and the transfiguration of O. J. Simpson, the grim inspections of the American soul conducted by the agents of both the pious left (no smoking cigarettes, no dirty water in the swimming pools, condoms in the schools) and the zealous right (no serial murders in the movies, no lesbians in the army, prayer in the schools), the media's use of history as wallpaper and elevator music, the dwindling significance of President Clinton (vanishing as mysteriously as the Cheshire cat) and the bombastic arrival of Newt Gingrich ("a man for all grievances"), the practice of swindling the stockholders and the art of changing gossip into news.
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Divided into sections on Arts and Letters, Politics and Economics, and States and Governments, these penetrating essays provide a brilliant chronicle of manners and morals during the era of Reagan's imperial masquerade. Lewis Lapham writes on subjects as various as glasnost, Oliver North, leveraged buyouts, South Africa, the New York literary market, nuclear weapons, Israel, Jesse Jackson, the CIA, and the cocaine trade. No aspect of the American scene escapes Lapham's curiosity and sardonic wit.
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Argues that the current distaste for dissent, the widespread support for Perot, and the public obsession with celebrity reveal a desire for autocracy
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This reissue marks te 30th anniversary (1964-1994) of McLuhan's expose on the state of the then-emerging phenomenon of mass media. Phrases such as 'the global village' and 'the medium is the message' are now part of the lexicon. As it is, McLuhan's theories continue to challenge our sensibilities and our assumptions about how and what we communicate. The lucid introduction is up to speed on field of techno-sociological changes. 365p. Pap.
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'Words that Ring Through Time' is a rowsing collection of speeches from all over the world and taken from vastly different time frames. Each speech is accompanied by an insightful essay that helps to establish the context of the speech in history and outlines its impacts and consequences. Terry Golway's book features speeches from: Pope Urban II, John F.Kennedy, Adolf Hitler, Barack Obama, Winston Churchill, Oliver Cromwell, Pericles, Jesus, Mohammad, George Washington, Nelson Mandela, Elizabeth I, and more.
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