. Terror is the given of the place. The place is el salvador in 1982, at the ghastly height of its civil war.
MiamiOpen Road Media #ad - In miami, the national book award–winning author of The Year of Magical Thinking looks beyond postcard images of fluorescent waters, backlit islands, and pastel architecture to explore the murkier waters of a city on the edge. Didion describes the violence, passion, and paranoia of these troubled times in arresting detail and “beautifully evocative prose” The New York Times Book Review.
From fidel castro and the bay of pigs invasion to lee harvey oswald and the kennedy assassination to Oliver North and the Iran–Contra affair, Joan Didion uncovers political intrigues and shadowy underworld connections, and documents the US government’s “seduction and betrayal” of the Cuban exile community in Dade County.
She writes of hotels that offer “guerrilla discounts, ” gun shops that advertise Father’s Day deals, and a real-estate market where “Unusual Security and Ready Access to the Ocean” are perks for wealthy homeowners looking to make a quick escape. . A vital report on an immigrant community traumatized by broken dreams and the cynicism of US foreign policy, Miami is a masterwork of literary journalism whose insights are timelier and more important than ever.
Miami #ad - An astonishing account of cuban exiles, CIA informants, and cocaine traffickers in Florida by the New York Times–bestselling author of South and West. With a booming drug trade, staggering racial and class inequities, and skyrocketing murder rates, Miami in the 1980s felt more like a Third World capital than a modern American city.
Political FictionsVintage #ad - These pieces build, one on the other, into a disturbing portrait of the American political landscape, providing essential reading on our democracy. One of our most cherished and insightful explicators of American culture. Brings her perspective to the ultimate insider world. San francisco chronicle Winner of the George Polk Book Award.
She tells us the uncomfortable truth about the way we vote, the candidates we vote for, and the people who tell us to vote for them. National bestsellerin these coolly observant essays, Joan Didion looks at the American political process and at "that handful of insiders who invent, year in and year out, the narrative of public life.
Political Fictions #ad - Through the deconstruction of the sound bites and photo ops of three presidential campaigns, one presidential impeachment, and an unforgettable sex scandal, Didion reveals the mechanics of American politics.
After Henry: EssaysOpen Road Media #ad - Highlights include “in the realm of the fisher king, two “actors on location;” and “girl of the Golden West, ” a portrait of the White House under the stewardship of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, ” a meditation on the Patty Hearst case that draws an unexpected and insightful parallel between the kidnapped heiress and the emigrants who settled California.
Incisive essays on patty hearst and reagan, the Central Park jogger and the Santa Ana winds, from the New York Times–bestselling author of South and West. In these eleven essays covering the national scene from washington, dc; california; and New York, the acclaimed author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album “captures the mood of America” and confirms her reputation as one of our sharpest and most trustworthy cultural observers The New York Times.
. Whether dissecting the 1988 presidential campaign, “an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time” Joyce Carol Oates, or reporting on the “sideshows” of foreign wars, Joan Didion proves that she is one of the premier essayists of the twentieth century, exploring the commercialization of a Hollywood murder, The New York Times Book Review.
After Henry: Essays #ad - Dedicated to henry robbins, didion’s friend and editor from 1966 until his death in 1979, After Henry is an indispensable collection of “superior reporting and criticism” from a writer on whom we have relied for more than fifty years “to get the story straight” Los Angeles Times. Sentimental journeys” is a deeply felt study of New York media coverage of the brutal rape of a white investment banker in Central Park, a notorious crime that exposed the city’s racial and class fault lines.
Democracy Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - And, the year in which much of this bitterly funny novel is set, in 1975, America is doing its best to lose track of its one-time client, the lethally hemorrhaging republic of South Vietnam. As conceived by joan didion, senatorial groupies, a fallout that also includes fact-finding junkets, these personages and events constitute the terminal fallout of democracy, the international arms market, and the Orwellian newspeak of the political class.
Her husband's handler would like the press to forget that Inez's father is a murderer. Inez victor knows that the major casualty of the political life is memory. Moving deftly from honolulu to jakarta, and tragedy, between romance, farce, Democracy is a tour de force from a writer who can dissect an entire society with a single phrase.
Democracy Vintage International #ad - But the people around Inez have made careers out of losing track. Her senator husband wants to forget the failure of his last bid for the presidency.
The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left Politics and Society in Modern America Book 86Princeton University Press #ad - Policymaking in fields such as public assistance, labor and consumer protection, national health insurance, civil rights, and international aid. The crisis of the great depression had brought into government a group of policy experts who argued that saving democracy required attacking economic and social inequalities.
Uncovering a forceful left-feminist presence in the New Deal, she also shows how opponents on the Right exploited popular hostility to powerful women and their supposedly effeminate spouses. In the name of protecting americans from Soviet espionage, the post-1945 Red Scare curtailed the reform agenda of the New Deal.
Storrs finds that loyalty defendants were more numerous at higher ranks of the civil service than previously thought, and that many were women, or men with accomplished leftist wives. Landon storrs draws on newly declassified records of the federal employee loyalty program—created in response to claims that Communists were infiltrating the U.
The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left Politics and Society in Modern America Book 86 #ad - S. Government—to reveal how disloyalty charges were used to silence these New Dealers and discredit their policies. Because loyalty investigators rarely distinguished between Communists and other leftists, many noncommunist leftists were forced to leave government or deny their political views. Roosevelt administration, elicited a powerful reaction from conservatives, and their alliances with progressive social movements, who accused them of being subversives.
The influence of these men and women within the Franklin D.
Armed with Abundance: Consumerism and Soldiering in the Vietnam WarThe University of North Carolina Press #ad - Relying on memoirs, military documents, and G. I. Occupation force from the impoverished people it ostensibly had come to liberate, undermining efforts to win Vietnamese "hearts and minds" and burdening veterans with disappointment that their wartime service did not measure up to public expectations. Soldiers in vietnam, ice cream, visits from celebrities, redrawing the landscape of the war so that swimming pools, and other "comforts" share the frame with combat.
To address a tenuous morale situation, the american public--from boredom and deprivation, Lair reveals, military authorities, wielded abundance to insulate soldiers--and, by extension, making the project of war perhaps easier and certainly more palatable. Popular representations of the Vietnam War tend to emphasize violence, deprivation, and trauma.
Armed with Abundance: Consumerism and Soldiering in the Vietnam War #ad - By contrast, in armed with Abundance, Meredith Lair focuses on the noncombat experiences of U. S. With an epilogue that finds a similar paradigm at work in Iraq, Armed with Abundance offers a unique and provocative perspective on modern American warfare. Newspapers, rather than privation and sacrifice, Lair finds that consumption and satiety, defined most soldiers' Vietnam deployments.
Abundance quarantined the U. S. The result was dozens of overbuilt bases in South Vietnam that grew more elaborate as the war dragged on.
Where I Was From Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Where i was from, “represents an exploration into my own confusions about the place and the way in which I grew up, confusions as much about America as about California, in Didion’s words, misapprehensions and misunderstandings so much a part of who I became that I can still to this day confront them only obliquely.
The book is a haunting narrative of how her own family moved west with the frontier from the birth of her great-great-great-great-great-grandmother in Virginia in 1766 to the death of her mother on the edge of the Pacific in 2001; of how the wagon-train stories of hardship and abandonment and endurance created a culture in which survival would seem the sole virtue.
In where i was from, to examine how the folly and recklessness in the very grain of the california settlement led to the california we know today–a state mortgaged first to the railroad, Didion turns what John Leonard has called “her sonar ear, as well as that of such California writers as Frank Norris and Jack London and Henry George, then to the aerospace industry, and overwhelmingly to the federal government, her radar eye” onto her own work, a dependent colony of those political and corporate owners who fly in for the annual encampment of the Bohemian Club.
Where I Was From Vintage International #ad - In this moving and unexpected book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her history, her work, and ours. Here is the one writer we always want to read on California showing us the startling contradictions in its–and in America’s–core values. Joan didion’s unerring sense of america and its spirit, her acute interpretation of its institutions and literature, and her incisive questioning of the stories it tells itself make this fiercely intelligent book a provocative and important tour de force from one of our greatest writers.
Run River Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Everett mcclellan and his wife, sympathy, are the great-grandchildren of pioneers, and what happens to them is a tragic epilogue to the pioneer experience, Lily, a story of murder and betrayal that only Didion could tell with such nuance, and suspense. Joan didion's electrifying first novel is a haunting portrait of a marriage whose wrong turns and betrayals are at once absolutely idiosyncratic and a razor-sharp commentary on the history of California.
A Book of Common Prayer Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Writing with the telegraphic swiftness and microscopic sensitivity that have made her one of our most distinguished journalists, Joan Didion creates a shimmering novel of innocence and evil. A book of common prayer is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande.
A Book of Common Prayer Vintage International #ad - Immaculate of history, innocent of politics, " she has come to Boca Grande vaguely and vainly hoping to be reunited with her fugitive daughter. Grace strasser-mendana controls much of the country's wealth and knows virtually all of its secrets; Charlotte Douglas knows far too little. As imagined by didion, her fate is at once utterly particular and fearfully emblematic of an age of conscienceless authority and unfathomable violence.
Working-Class War: American Combat Soldiers and VietnamThe University of North Carolina Press #ad - The rich and the powerful may have supported the war initially, but they contributed little of themselves. That responsibility fell to the poor and the working class of America. Senator george mcgovern "Reminds us of the disturbing truth that some 80 percent of the 2. 5 million enlisted men who served in Vietnam--out of 27 million men who reached draft age during the war--came from working-class and impoverished backgrounds.
. Deals especially well with the apparent paradox that the working-class soldiers' families back home mainly opposed the antiwar movement, and for that matter so with few exceptions did the soldiers themselves. New york times book review "appy's treatment of the subject makes it clear to his readers--almost as clear as it became for the soldiers in Vietnam--that class remains the tragic dividing wall between Americans.
Working-Class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam #ad - Boston Globe. No one can understand the complete tragedy of the American experience in Vietnam without reading this book. Nothing so underscores the ambivalence and confusion of the American commitment as does the composition of our fighting forces.