A collection of essays on America by the author of London Fields,
Money and Yellow Dog.
At the age of ten, when Martin Amis spent a year in Princeton, New
Jersey, he was excited and frightened by America. As an adult he
has approached that confusing country from many arresting angles,
and interviewed its literati, filmmakers, thinkers, opinion-makers,
leaders and crackpots with characteristic discernment and wit.
Included in a gallery of Great American Novelists are Norman
Mailer, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Joseph Heller, William
Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, Paul Theroux, Philip Roth
and Saul Bellow. Amis also takes us to Dallas, where presidential
candidate Ronald Reagan is attempting to liaise with born-again
Christians. We glimpse the beau monde of Palm Beach, where each
couple tries to out-Gatsby the other, and examine the case of Claus
von Bulow. Steven Spielberg gets a visit, as does Brian de Palma,
whom Amis asks why his films make no sense, and Hugh Hefner's
sybaritic fortress and sanitized image are penetrated.
There can be little that escapes the eye of Martin Amis when his
curiosity leads him to a subject, and America has found in him a
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