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First published in 1962, Boorstin’s prophetic vision of an America inundated by its own illusions introduced the notion of “pseudo-events” —events such as press conferences and presidential debates, which are manufactured solely in order to be reported—and the contemporary definition of “celebrity” as “a person who is known for his well-knownness.” Includes a new Foreword by the author and an Afterword by George F. Will.
“An engrossing book—sensitive, thoughtful, damning, dead on target and in most respects unanswerable.” —Scientific American
“Entertaining, acute, stimulating, timely, and intelligent. . . . A brilliant polemic about a very real problem.” —Saturday Review
“Excellent. . . . It is the book to end all books about ‘the American Image’—what it is, who projects it, what effect it has at home or abroad.” —The Observer