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Country of Exiles: The Destruction of Place in American Life Hardcover – April 12, 1999

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Pointing to the lack of rootedness and community in what he calls the "global age," Leach (Land of Desire: Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture) explores and laments the centrifugal forces forever flinging Americans out of their localities into a borderless world. Alternating between observations on contemporary capitalism and cultural criticism, Leach offers a blend of populist indignation (e.g., at corporations with no sense of loyalty to a particular place and its workers), nativist insularity and atavistic yearning for stability. To illustrate the extent to which American culture has commodified the very idea of place, he offers an intelligent analysis of that endlessly captivating distillation of rootlessness, Las Vegas, a city which "flouts the past" and "serves only people on the move." Leach captures many aspects of a somewhat slippery topic, at times writing eloquently of how individuals are routinely uprooted and denatured by the pace of modern life in a world marked by incessant air travel, unimpeded worldwide shipping, an influx of and dependence on tourismAa world in which both people and goods richochet around the globe. Implicit, however, but never fully articulated by Leach, is the larger question of whether our endless pursuit of wealth is the chief culprit. That question will linger in the minds of readers after they finish this ambitious and absorbing reflection.
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Leach (Land of Desire: Merchants, Power and the Rise of a New American Culture, Pantheon, 1993) offers an analysis of the global forces that are reshaping American culture. Mergers and the creation of transnational corporations have spawned an endless movement of workers across borders and boundaries, thus severing people's ties with their pasts and places. With frequent references to J.B. Jackson's A Sense of Place, a Sense of Time (Yale Univ., 1994), Leach argues that the destruction of a sense of place has transformed America into a country of exiles. Failure to remember the past and protect a place creates Americans who lack individualism and fall victim to greater reliance on state power. We're transients, moving along on all classifications of superhighways, seeking instant gratification for all our needs. "Temporary" becomes the operative descriptive term. Leach urges that we learn who we were to know who we are and develop our loyalty to place. A thought-provoking book; recommended for all libraries.APatricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley Coll., Mt. Carmel, IL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; 1st edition (April 12, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679442197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679442196
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,709,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gonzalo Lira on August 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Country of Exiles is a fascinating book, though I'm not sure Leach's arguments add up. He identifies and analyzes certain aspects of our society, but I'm not sure these aspects are central to the rootlessness that is undeniably a central tenet of our modern-day living. Tourism and casinos as the cause of this shiftless life? I don't think so.....but his notes and observations on both of these is informative and fascinating. (I particularly liked his endnotes--half as long as the text, citing every single source; very reassuring.) I want to be critical of this book, but I recognize that there's something there in what he's written. I just finished reading it, and already I want to skim through it again and reread certain passages--which means that this is one book that provokes one into thinking, which can't be all bad.
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Format: Kindle Edition
An excellent book detailing the rise of capitalism in modern society- its promise of "diversity" yet its underlying promise of financial benifit to the 1% who pull the strings. Especially relevant is Leach's critique of academia as drawing talent away from its place of origin, leading to a "brain drain" not only overseas but within this country also. As we contemplate the meaning of sustainability for future generations, it is helpful to analyze the excesses and false promises of globalization.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
According to Leach, corporations, academia and government have all worked to disengage Americans from their places of nurture so that Americans and indeed the whole world will travel, consume, and search continually for new things and experiences to buy. Upon reflection, I ask myself how Professor Leach convinced me that one-size-fits-all containers (for trains and trucks) supports his thesis.
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