The book is a pivotal work of Guy Debord, renowned French philosopher, experimentalist filmmaker, poet, Marxist theorist, and founding member of the Letterist International and the Situationist International. Besides the Preface, the book contains nine chapters and 221 items. Centering on the concept spectacle, Debord points out that the modern society is experiencing a transition from Marx’s era of materialism to the kingdom of social spectacles. In this new historical period, social life may manifest itself in a huge accumulation of spectacles. The pure fetishist representations among the spectacles will conceal the relations among different people and hierarchies.