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Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels Hardcover – April 1, 1997
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Hochschild chose his subjects well, and wrote with the same combination of rich detail and careful language that makes his other books also so engrossing. He wrote these essays over a period of many years, and on many themes: From his youthful fascination with war books; to the realities of a six-month stay in Moscow, 1991-style; to his 1961 meeting with a prominent South African who was at once both an aristocrat and revolutionary.
One of my many favorites tells about Amazon Indians in Columbia who, with government support, returned to the lifestyle of their ancestors. Yet they want to keep elements of modernity, such as steel axes and nylon fish lines. Hochschild builds a fascinating story around his questions: "Is it possible to partake only selectively of the Western way of life? Can you dip only one foot into the twentieth century?"