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Praise for Daniel J. Boorstin's The Image
“A very informative and entertaining and chastising book.”
“A book that everyone in America should read every few years. Stunning in its prescience, it explains virtually every aspect of our mass media's evolution and seductiveness.”
—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Visit From the Goon Squad
“An engrossing book—sensitive, thoughtful, damning, dead on target and in most respects unanswerable.”
“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.”
“A brilliant and original essay about the black arts and corrupting influences of advertising and public relations.”
“Boorstin’s book tells us how to see and listen, and how to think about what we see and hear.”
First Published In 1962, This Wonderfully Provocative Book 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." Since Then Daniel J. Boorstin's Prophetic Vision Of An America Inundated By Its Own Illusions Has Become An Essential Resource For Any Reader Who Wants To Distinguish The Manifold Deceptions Of Our Culture From Its Few Enduring Truths.See all Editorial Reviews
A brilliant, stunningly prescient analysis of culture. It's thoroughly researched, comprehensively argued, and densely packed with proof of the bold notion that America is becoming... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Abner Rosenweig
The kind of book that makes you think, "Wow, maybe ignorance is bliss." It's main focus is on psuedo-events, things that didn't actually spontaneously happen but are made... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nathan Vos
My girlfriend gave me the book in 1969. Indeed prescient and insightful, but Mark Twain coined the term "Famous for being Well Known" long before. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Mirro
Great companion to Hidden History also by Boorstin. Thought provoking and eye-opening!Published 11 months ago by LolaPop
Although this book was written in the early 60's it eloquently sets forth what has become the American penchant for the superficial. Read morePublished 18 months ago by The lone Reader
It is what I wanted when I wanted it as I wanted it in the new condition as I ordered.Published 19 months ago by Stephen C Bentley
The book is a classic. I came back to read this edition after previously reading many years ago.
I am just parenthetically commenting on the afterward, written by a... Read more
THis is a very insightful analysis into American culture as designed and sculpted by advertisers and journalists. Although written decades ago it is still relevant.Published 20 months ago by wes patience