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This is the "Das Kapital" of the 20th century - an essential text, and the main theoretical work of the Situationists. Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative. From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960s up to the present, the volatile theses of this book have decisively transformed debates on the shape of modernity, capitalism, and everyday life in the 21st century. This is the original translation by Fredy Perlman, kept in print continuously for the last 50 years, keeping the flame of personal and collective autonomy alive.

©1983 Guy DeBord (P)2015 New Saucerian Press

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  • Rachel
  • 28-08-2019

Brilliant

Great book, and even more relevant today. We've gone from being to having to appearing. For instance, we are not content to be in a loving relationship, we need to physically pocess the engagement ring for it to matter. And now, within a spectacular society, we need to appear to others to be in a loving relationship (like in social media posts). This isn't a great example, but I hope it gets this broader message across a little.

It's not a thrilling book, but it's a very thought provoking book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in societal dynamics.

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  • Nathan
  • 15-05-2018

Society of the Spectacle

This book was very deep. It requires a good amount of prior knowledge of communism and thinkers such as Marx. Overall, it was a fantastic book, even though some of it was over my head. Very interesting and insightful.

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  • joshua
  • 12-06-2017

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Interesting subject matter poorly narrated. A real struggle to finish but intrigue pushed me forward.

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  • Michael
  • 08-06-2021

difficult to listen to

you shouldn't let people narrate things they don't understand. this is a hastily-read performance full of cadence errors, omissions, and other errors. unworthy of the text and shameful.

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  • Nicholas
  • 28-02-2021

Classic

This is a perfect short read for lovers of socialism, postmodernism, and critical theory. However if you are new to these topic I would suggest starting with a different book. Guy Debord is great for those seeking to understand the role of spectacle in the political economy of modern post war capitalism

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  • Eric Dean
  • 02-02-2021

Worth the read for all modern socialists

Very good and short read. Hits all major communist points for organizing. This theory can be done well with praxis

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  • Mr
  • 07-06-2019

Complex

Difficult to follow...understood the general gist but loses the listener with overly complex use of language

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