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Amazing in its scope...,
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It was a relatively easy read, and I'm glad I read this lengthy book; I can't say I discovered much that was new, but to have the development of the last two centuries' culture pulled together and analysed in this way was new.
It's very wide in its scope and often thought-provoking, though obviously references to recent years have dated considerably. Wisely, he has not gazed into any crystal balls in terms of what may come next. Sassoon's perspective is (correctly, I think) the production and consumption of culture, ie how it is inevitably an aspect of the market and capitalism. Chapters on culture in Soviet/ Eastern Europe are very interesting. I'm not aware of anyone else attempting something so ambitious.
Sadly, the book is somewhat let down by poor editing and proof-reading - this reader spotted rather more errors than the publishers should have allowed to appear in print.