"Artistic authenticity is never defined, for this is a poorly argued book, brimming with inconsistencies. The author claims it is not her intention to prove anything right or wrong; later she tries to do exactly that. She characterizes the union of culture and consumerism as uniquely American--as if the French had not invented the department store in the 19th century and the hypermarche in the 20th. She maintains she writes only about buildings she has visited, but includes an extended discussion of the new Disney residential community of Celebration that appears to be based entirely on promotional brochures."Huxtable, Ada Louise is the author of 'Unreal America Architecture and Illusion', published 1999 under ISBN 9781565844278 and ISBN 1565844270.