Bloodbath Nation (Hardcover)

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An intimate and powerful rumination on American gun
violence by Paul Auster, one of our greatest living writers and "genuine
American original" (The Boston Globe), in an unforgettable collaboration
with photographer Spencer Ostrander
Like most American boys of his generation, Paul Auster grew
up playing with toy six-shooters and mimicking the gun-slinging cowboys in B
Westerns. A skilled marksman by the age of ten, he also lived through the
traumatic aftermath of the murder of his grandfather by his grandmother when
his father was a child and knows, through firsthand experience, how families
can be wrecked by a single act of gun violence.In this short, searing book, Auster traces centuries of
America's use and abuse of guns, from the violent displacement of the native
population to the forced enslavement of millions, to the bitter divide between
embattled gun control and anti-gun control camps that has developed over the
past 50 years and the mass shootings that dominate the news today. Since 1968,
more than one and a half million Americans have been killed by guns. The
numbers are so large, so catastrophic, so disproportionate to what goes on
elsewhere, that one must ask why. Why is America so different--and why are we
the most violent country in the Western world?Interwoven with Spencer Ostrander's haunting photographs of
the sites of more than thirty mass shootings in all parts of the country, Bloodbath
presents a succinct but thorough examination of America at a
crossroads, and asks the central, burning question of our moment: What kind of
society do we want to live in?A portion of proceeds from this book will be donated to
the Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit organization working to stop gun death
and injury through research, education, and advocacy.

About the Author

SPENCER OSTRANDER was born in Seattle in 1984 and haslived in New York City for the past two decades. He has done extensive work inall forms of photography and has recently completed two other book projects: LongLive King Kobe with text by Paul Auster and Times Square in the Rain.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802160454
ISBN-10: 080216045X
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: January 10th, 2023
Pages: 160
Language: English