Overrated Book

Kammen, Michael, American Culture American Tastes (1999).

Kammen is amazingly prolific, and he writes in an elegant and even "magisterial" style about topics that are often somewhat neglected. There's a wealth of information: obviously a lot of research has gone on. But the books are strangely flat and leave you with little to chew. There's not much of a thesis, and the material isn't worked with much energy, just sort of presented. I suppose there's virtue in that, but it makes for a pretty unsatisfying read.