Americana - Editions

Published by Penguin UK, 2013.

Published by Penguin UK, 2011.

Published by Penguin UK, 2006.

Published by Penguin, 2006. And below is the 2006 UK cover.

And here's a slightly older UK cover:

Published by Penguin, 1989. Cover design by Neil Stuart/Cover painting is a detail of Estate by Robert Raushenberg, 1963.

The back cover copy:

At twenty-eight, David Bell is the American dream come true. He has fought his way to the top, surviving office purges and scandals to become a top television executive. David's world is made up of the images that flicker across America's screens, the fantasies that enthrall America's imagination.

And then the dream--and the dream-making--become a nightmare. At the height of his success, David sets out to rediscover reality. Camera in hand, he journeys across the country in a mad and moving attempt to capture, to impose, a pattern on his own, and America's, past, present, and future.

Published by Pocket Books, around 1978 (second printing).

Published by Pocket Books, 1973.

Back cover copy:

"Child of Godard and Coca-Cola..."

That's what David Bell, twenty-eight-year-old New York television executive, calls himself. Living among fractured images, remote conversations, dark hints of distant wars and casual sex, David Bell feels as if he's stumbled into the obsessed world of a contemporary movie. To escape, he must make a movie himself.

And so, armed with his favorite camera, sharing a camper truck with a former fighter pilot, a drunken visionary, and a sculptress, David Bell sets out on a mad, careening expedition into the Great American Unknown...

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1971, 388 pages. Jacket photograph by Peter Jones.

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