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By Daniel J. Boorstin

First released in 1962, this splendidly provocative e-book brought the idea of “pseudo-events”—events similar to press meetings and presidential debates, that are synthetic exclusively which will be reported—and the modern definition of superstar as “a one that is understood for his well-knownness.” considering then Daniel J. Boorstin’s prophetic imaginative and prescient of an the USA inundated via its personal illusions has develop 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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