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The Last Innocent White Man in America: and Other Writings

Leonard, John

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ISBN 10: 1565840720 / ISBN 13: 9781565840720
Published by New Press, New York, 1993
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Black paper-covered boards with gilt lettering. Hint of edgewear. Text is clean and whit, no marks. Warmly inscribed "For____Our electronic agora-ambulatory First Amendment. Best regards, John Leonard June 1993" Unclipped DJ clean and crisp in new mylar. "Here you'll find assesments on an array of subjects- from America's fear and loathing of the Sixties to Nixon's secret love affair with Elvis; from the Reagan gerontocracy's "theology of greed" to the Gulf War "turkey shoot"; from riots in Los Angeles to "ethnic cleansing" at the Rupublican Convention in Houston; from censorship and homlessness to career assessments of writers as diverse as Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, and Gunter Grass." (from the jacket). Bookseller Inventory # F101511

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Title: The Last Innocent White Man in America: and ...

Publisher: New Press, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Stated First Edition

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Far more than simple political commentary, The Last Innocent White Man in America is a passionate marriage of politics and literature that transcends the daily headlines to get at how we imagine ourselves in history. John Leonard is an unrepentant liberal, dissident, scourge, and media critic par excellence. Whether he's writing about bankers or AIDS, Congress or television, Salman Rushdie or Ed Koch, Leonard will make you stop, think, and laugh.

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John Leonard is one of America's wittiest and most incisive cultural critics. You've cherished his writings in publications as diverse as The Nation, New York Newsday, and New York Magazine, and you've tuned in with millions of other Americans to his weekly commentary as media critic on CBS Sunday Morning. Now you can read his collected essays in The Last Innocent White Man in America, his latest collection of criticism. Here you'll find assessments on an array of subjects - from America's fear and loathing of the Sixties to Nixon's secret love affair with Elvis; from the Reagan gerontocracy's "theology of greed" to the Gulf War "turkey shoot"; from riots in Los Angeles to "ethnic cleansing" at the Republican Convention in Houston; from censorship and homelessness to career assessments of writers as diverse as Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Gunter Grass. Far more than simple political commentary, The Last Innocent White Man in America is a passionate marriage of politics and literature which transcends the daily headlines to get at how we imagine ourselves in history. And whether he's writing about bankers or AIDS, Congress or television, Salman Rushdie or Ed Koch, Leonard will make you stop, think, and laugh. His essays, says Charles Kuralt, "full of metaphors and allusions, always leave me dazzled". He is, according to William F. Buckley, Jr., "the funniest writer in America, the hottest epigrammatist in the language, with prose as rich as Rimsky-Korsakov", Leonard himself is an unrepentant liberal, dissident, scourge and media critic par excellence.

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