By Daniel J. Boorstin
Publish yr note: First released 1961
First released in 1961, this splendidly provocative publication brought the thought of "pseudo-events" -- occasions resembling press meetings and presidential debates, that are synthetic completely on the way to be pronounced -- and the modern definition of famous person as "a one that is understood for his well-knownness."
Since then Daniel J. Boorstin's prophetic imaginative and prescient of an the US inundated by way of its personal illusions has turn into an important source for any reader who desires to distinguish the manifold deceptions of our tradition from its few enduring truths.
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The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America by Daniel J. Boorstin