Books of the year 2010 | Paul Mason

A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain by Owen Hatherley

It's strange but ultimately logical that the most acute demolition job on Blairism should come from an architecture critic. Owen Hatherley's Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (Verso, £17.99) understands the bleak unity of form and content to be found in the bland PFI landscapes that scar Britain. Essays, by the American actor/playwright Wallace Shawn (Haymarket Books, £9.99), explores the dramatist's relationship with the self, and with the tortured history of the United States after the 11 September 2001 attacks.

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This article first appeared in the 22 November 2010 issue of the New Statesman, Advantage Cameron