FADS, FOLLIES AND DELUSIONS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE by Paul Sann

FADS, FOLLIES AND DELUSIONS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is an exhaustive and ruefully entertaining inventory of the notional nonsense which has dominated the national scene over the last few decades and newsman Sann has done more than itemize them and has given some fuller explanation of appeal and/or influence. From Valentino to Batman and Superman (""Rarely have so many identified themselves so profoundly with anything so vague""), chain letters to quiz shows, healers Coue and William Reich to Father Divine and Aimee Semple McPherson, Dr. Townsend's Plan and Upton Sinclair's New Deal, miniature golf and miniskirts--on and on. But it all goes to show, that as Shakespeare said, ""a fool's bolt is soon shot"" or that's the way the kookie crumbles.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Crown