New York: Hill and Wang, 2002. First Paperback Edition. First Printing. Paperback. Used - Very Good/Fine. Original illustrated card stock wraps. Binding tight and square. No creases to spine. Slight pencil markings on edges. Text box slightly toned/foxed esp. on preliminary pages but clean and unmarked. Endnotes. Index. 14 x 21 cm. Index. 432 pp. Item #7011
A surprising assessment of the failures and successes of modern Japan.
In Dogs and Demons, Alex Kerr chronicles the many facets of Japan's recent, and chronic, crises -- from the failure of its banks and pension funds to the decline of its once magnificent modern cinema. He is the first to give a full report on the nation's endangered environment -- its seashores lined with concrete, its roads leading to nowhere in the mountains -- as well as its "monument frenzy," the destruction of old cities such as Kyoto and construction of drab new ones, and the attendant collapse of its tourist industry. Kerr writes with humor and passion, for "passion," he says, "is part of the story. Millions of Japanese feel as heartbroken at what is going on as I do. My Japanese friends tell me, 'Please write this -- for us.'"