America the Philosophical, a forthcoming book about America as a philosophical culture by Annenberg's Carlin Romano, has earned "starred" reviews from both of the country's major prepublication reviews, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. A starred review in the magazines, which are widely read in the publishing and media industries, indicates a book of "exceptional quality." In its April 1 issue, Kirkus described Romano's 688-page book as "comprehensive and certain-to-be controversial." Writing that "Romano's grip on his subject is fierce," Kirkus judged the book "a tour de force--encyclopedic, entertaining, and enlightening." Publishers Weekly, which in January named America the Philosophical as one of its Top Ten books of the Spring in "Literary Essays and Criticism," credited Romano in its March 26th review with "breathtaking intellectual range and passion," observing, "With illuminating anecdotes and an addictive prose style, Romano renders complex ideas lucid without sacrificing depth of understanding or his splendid sense of humor." America the Philosophical will be published by Alfred A. Knopf on May 22. The evening before, Romano will begin a series of nationwide talks about the book with a lecture on America the Philosophical at the Free Library of Philadelphia. He will also speak about the book at the Penn Bookstore on May 30. His most recent essay as Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, about the French journalist and filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, appeared in the March 16th issue of the Chronicle.