"A valuable and accessible contribution to Scorsese studies. Published at the very moment in which Scorsese's relevance as a contemporary Hollywood filmmaker has understandably been questioned in some quarters, Cashmore's book repositions the director's films as culturally significant objects and thereby promises to broaden the parameters of future studies."
"Martin Scorsese's America is a remarkable study focused not only on an individual but on a creator of a vision."
"The author accessibly makes a case for the director as a key chronicler of (male) America."
"Cashmore has written a book on Scorsese that should appeal to fans, and provides a solid introduction to a decent critical analysis of the bulk of his work. Academically it's thorough, with enough references that it would serve as a perfect keystone text ... a pleasant read."
Eye for Film
'Ellis Cashmore acknowledges Scorsese as a visionary of modern cinema and hails him as the world's greatest living film maker ... Cashmore provides an easily accessible insight into Scorsese's catalogue of cinematic classics, including Goodfellas and Casino, as well as his lesser-known documenataries and television shows ... [Martin Scorsese's America] is aimed at a wide range of film fans, from students to avid cinema goers.'
Express & Star
"With this innovative study of his films, Ellis Cashmore has raised Martin Scorsese to the ranks of key chroniclers of American society. As Frank Capra was the voice of the Depression era and John Ford revealed America as shaped by World War II and its aftermath, Scorsese provides an on-going interpretation of the past forty years: rock and roll, Reaganism, civil rights, feminism, and the revision of the American dream. Cashmore tells us a great deal about both Scorsese and America."
Richard A. Blake, Boston College
"Ellis Cashmore's Martin Scorsese's America probes the cinematic oeuvre of one of the world's major film directors, ferreting out his recurrent themes, obsessions, and visions of contemporary life in the United States. Capturing the variety and diversity of Scorsese's work, Cashmore provides an illuminating portrait of a major cineaste and makes the case that Scorsese should be seen as one of the great U.S. directors whose visions of American life are as incisive and insightful as many great literary artists."
Douglas Kellner, UCLA