The first major travelogue by a Westerner to explore life in the modern Philippines under President Duterte, who has been waging a bloody drug war that frequently makes Western headlines.
In this remarkable narrative of travel and cultural history, Oxford historian James Pettifer makes his own philosophical journey through New Jersey, where Springsteen's music becomes a metaphor for the nature of US society.
"This is a timely translation of an important work of great originality and generosity from an independent, non-conformist mind. Though sharing the failings of his colonialist times, Morand reaches out, in the wake of Joseph Conrad, Lafcadio Hearn and André Gide, towards the wider world."
--J.M.G. Le Clézio