A Bush & Botox World
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.
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Saul Landau is an internationally known scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker. He has won many awards, including the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, the George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting, the First Amendment Award, and an Emmy. He is a fellow of Institute for Policy Studies and a senior fellow of the Transnational Institute