At first I rated it just three stars, but I really think it deserves the extra star. It's more the fault of my poor reading habits that I lost focus in the last two chapters although the penultimate chapter was, in my estimation, overlong and felt labored (is that the right word?). Nevertheless the arguments contained regarding the vacuousness of the American experience in the last half of the 20th century and continuing into this century are hard to argue with. The cynic in me felt, at times, the book was an exercise in spitting in the wind as the pseudo-event feels like a doxology to modern life -it is,was, and always shall be. Another reviewer said that if Boorstin were still living that Facebook would have driven him mad. I think reality TV may have done a better job. Where better to illustrate Boorstin's point of being well-known for "well-known-ness."