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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (571 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clive James Narrator: Clive James Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this book can be heard the merest edge of an enormous conversation. As they never were in life, we can imagine the speakers all gathered in some vast room, wearing name tags in case they don't recognize each other (although some recognize each other all too well, and avoid contact).

My heroes and heroines are here. The reader will recognize some of their names, while other names will be more obscure. My intellectual betes noires are here too, and the same division might apply.

An almanac combining a comprehensive survey of modern culture with an annotated index of who-was-who and what-was-what, Cultural Amnesia is Clive James' unique take on the places and the faces that shaped the 20th century.

From Anna Akhmatova to Stefan Zweig, via Charles de Gaulle, Hitler, Thomas Mann and Charlie Chaplin, this varied and unfailingly absorbing book is both story and history, both public memoir and personal record - and provides an essential field-guide to the vast movements of taste, intellect, politics, and delusion that helped to prepare the times we live in now. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Paul | 2/20/2014

    " James has overstepped himself here, trying to make a major cultural statement out of a misconceived and poorly argued collection of short essays on significant cultural figures. Hyperbolic as hell, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Suby | 2/12/2014

    " What the author says is very true! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Molly Cashio | 1/17/2014

    " beautiful. rockin the english language. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Justin | 1/14/2014

    " So far, pretty damned good. "

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