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Title:Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts
Format Type:Ebook
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Publisher:W. W. Norton Company
ISBN:0393061167
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Number of Pages:912
Category:Non fiction, History, Essays, Biography, Philosophy, Art

Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts by Clive James

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts Finally in paperback after six hardcover printings this international bestseller is an encyclopedic A Z masterpiece the perfect introduction to the very core of Western humanism Clive James rescues or occasionally destroys the careers of many of the greatest thinkers humanists musicians artists and philosophers of the twentieth century Soaring to Montaigne like heights em Cultural Amnesia em is precisely the book to burnish these memories of a Western civilization that James fears is nearly lost

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