A Bush & Botox World

Saul Landau (Author) Gore Vidal (Contributor)


Publisher: AK Press/Counterpunch
Format: Book
Binding: pb
Pages: 176
Released: January 4, 2007
ISBN-13: 9781904859611

Gore Vidal on Saul Landau: "Landau has opened many windows for the rest of us: parts of the world, where we are not usually allowed to know about except to be told how wretched they are."

A Bush & Botox World provides insight into the culture under which the Bush White House operates. It uses Botox as a metaphor for both the rapid technological change of the globalized world and its superficiality. Landau syncopates visits to modern Vietnam with analysis of the bizarre world of anti-Castro terrorists. He brings readers into the homes of corporate executives and into the street lives of African American kids on east Oakland's streets.

Between the prose pieces, Landau inserts pithy poems on aging, computers and a concert in Istanbul. He takes readers back to the horrors of the 1976 assassination of his friends and colleagues, Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt on Washington, DC's Embassy Row and into the blood-filled streets of Falluja. The allegorical essays on Hearst's Castle and the Salton Sea stand as both insights into the contemporary world and warnings for the next generation.

Saul Landau is a Fellow and Board Member of the Institute for Policy Studies and board member and co-founder of the Center for Cuban Studies. Landau has made fifty films on hot issues. He won the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, the George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting, and the First Amendment Award, as well as an Emmy for "Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang."
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