From Library Journal
Like de Tocqueville before him, Baudrillard, a French social scientist, is in search of the American ethos. His little essay, however, lacks the substance, perspicacity, and originality of a Democracy in America . Rather, Baudrillard's analysis tends to be grandiloquent and sometimes hackneyed, as when he observes "Americans believe in facts, but not in facticity , " and "The cinema and TV are America's reality!" In addition, the book is overpriced. Not recommended. Kenneth F. Kister, Poynter Inst. for Media Studies, St. Petersburg, Fla.
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“[O]ccasionally provocative and almost always infuriating ... America
is filled with perceptive, almost poetic observations.”—Rolling Stone
“Since de Toqueville, French thinkers have been fascinated with America. But when it comes to mysterious paradoxes and lyrical complexity no French intellectual matches Jean Baudrillard in contemplating the New World... [He] has become a sharp-shooting Lone Ranger of the post-Marxist left.”—The New York Times
“A mixture of crazy notions and dead-on insights, America
is a valuable (and voluble) picture of what Mr. Baudrillard calls ‘the only remaining primitive society’ ... ours.”—The New York Times Book Review