Daniel J. Boorstin Books

Easton Press Daniel J. Boorstin books:
The Americans - 1992 - 3 volume set including the following books :
The Colonial Experience
The National Experience
The Democratic Experience
Cleopatra's Nose: Essays on the Unexpected - signed first edition - 1995
3 Volume Daniel J. Boorstin set including the following books :
The Creators
The Seekers
The Discoverers

Franklin Library Daniel J. Boorstin books: 
Americans and the Democratic Experience - Pulitzer prize classic - 1987

The Americans Series:

The Colonial Experience
In this brilliantly original book, written for the general reader, the American past becomes richly meaningful to the present.

The National Experience
This second volume in "The Americans" trilogy deals with the crucial period of American history from the Revolution to the Civil War. Here we meet the people who shaped, and were shaped by, the American experience the versatile New Englanders, the Transients and the Boosters.  Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize.

The Democratic Experience
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. A study of the last 100 years of American history.

Cleopatra's Nose: Essays on the Unexpected
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Discoverers demonstrates the truth behind the aphorism that if Cleopatra's nose had been shorter, the face of the world would have been changed. Boorstin goes on to uncover the elements of accident, improvisation and contradiction at the core of American institutions and beliefs.

The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination
By piecing the lives of selected individuals into a grand mosaic, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Daniel J. Boorstin explores the development of artistic innovation over 3,000 years. A hugely ambitious chronicle of the arts that Boorstin delivers with the scope that made his Discoverers a national bestseller.
  Even as he tells the stories of such individual creators as Homer, Joyce, Giotto, Picasso, Handel, Wagner, and Virginia Woolf, Boorstin assembles them into a grand mosaic of aesthetic and intellectual invention.  In the process he tells us not only how great art (and great architecture and philosophy) is created, but where it comes from and how it has shaped and mirrored societies from Vedic India to the twentieth-century United States.

The Seekers: The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to Understand His World
From the time of Socrates to today, humans have sought the answers to fundamental questions: Who are we? Why are we here? Previous bestsellers, The Discoverers & The Creators, told how we discovered the reality of our world, then celebrated artistic achievements. Boorstin now turns to the great figures in history who sought meaning & purpose in existence. He says Western culture has seen three grand epics of Seeking. There was 1st the heroic way of prophets & philosophers men like Moses, Job, Socrates, Plato & Aristotle, as well as those in the communities of the early church & the Protestant Reformation seeking salvation or truth from the god above or the reason within everyone. Then came an age of communal seeking, with people like Thucydides & Thomas More, Machiavelli & Voltaire pursuing civilization & the liberal spirit. Finally, there was an age of the social sciences, when man seemed ruled by the forces of history. Here are the stories of exceptional men such as Marx, Spengler, Toynbee, Carlyle, Emerson, Malraux, Bergson & Einstein. These thinkers still have the power to speak to us, not always so much for their answers as for their way of asking the questions that intrigue or obsess. This climax to his trilogy again shows Boorstin's ability to present challenging ideas coupled with sharp portraits of great writers & thinkers.

The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself
An original history of man's greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him.

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