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Boorstin, Daniel J. (Daniel Joseph) 1914-2004

Works: 703 works in 2,525 publications in 23 languages and 58,209 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Sources  Guidebooks  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Educational films  Short films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Compiler, Composer, Creator, Signer, pre, Honoree, Collector, Correspondent, Actor, Publisher, Redactor, 070, pan, Speaker
Classifications: E169.1, 909
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Most widely held works by Daniel J Boorstin
The Americans : the democratic experience by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

227 editions published between 1958 and 2017 in 10 languages and held by 10,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daniel J. Boorstin's long-awaited full-scale portrait of modern America chronicles the Great Transformation that has come about in our daily lives since the Civil War. [This book] recaptures the drama and the meaning of the countless and sometimes little-noticed revolutions which occurred, not in legislatures or on battlefields but in our homes and farms and factories and schools and stores--making something surprising and unprecedented of our everyday experience. The revolutions in our daily life have been the work of a peculiarly American galaxy of talent--from cow-town builder Joseph McCoy; Edwin L. Drake, the retired railroad conductor who was crazy enough to "drill" for oil; R. G. Dun, the self-made Ohio merchant who made a career of reporting the credit rating of other merchants (to build Dun & Bradstreet); the railway agent Richard Warren Sears, who started the greatest general merchandising operation in the world; Raymond Smith, who democratized gambling and helped build Reno; Robert Bonner, flamboyant publisher of sensational novels who forced newspapers to use display type for advertising--from these inventors and businessmen to the educators who sponsored a New Higher Learning and the linguists who brought the colloquial into the classroom, the psychologist who reinterpreted our sexual mores, and the scientists who escalated us into a New Momentum. While Dr. Boorstin takes a new look at everything from Christmas to air conditioning, from the rise of the candy bar to the decline of grammar, he does not relate facts simply because they are themselves interesting, amusing, and enlightening--though they are that, too. For he uses them all to help ask: What has life come to mean--and ceased to mean--to us late-twentieth-century Americans? He shows us how we became a nation held together by what we buy and the ads we read, defined by how we count ourselves and how others count us, characterized by the way we describe our wealth or our poverty. The new American technology of food and drink and construction, of education and communication and travel--including the "mass-produced moment" via photography and the phonograph--dilutes our daily life with "repeatable experience" in the very act of enriching it. The endless streams of property created by the American corporation, the new ambiguity of ownership in a nation of franchised outlets (for everything from car mufflers to hamburgers), and the new democracy of packaging, in which the wrapping of items often costs more than their contents, add up to the "thinner life of things." The quest for novelty--from the multibillion-dollar efforts of Research and Development producing solutions which then must go in search of problems to the annual (and semiannual) automobile models and the idealization of newness in art--has brought, along with its rewards, a new bewilderment over what we really mean by something new. The very idea of Progress is displaced by the Rate of Growth. All this adds up--in Dr. Boorstin's phrase--to the Democratic Experience. Few books about the U.S.A. since De Tocqueville have had the sweep, the scope, the originality, and the intimacy of [this one]. Reaching back to the roots of all this in the era of the Civil War, Dr. Boorstin makes his history into a kind of national autobiography, reminding us of how we have made ourselves what we are. While this book will long be a subject of controversy, it aims at a balanced assessment of the price and the promise of what American civilization has done with and for and to Americans.--Dust jacket
The discoverers by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

124 editions published between 1981 and 2017 in 15 languages and held by 5,227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the ongoing story of the progressive discovery by man of the nature of the observable world and universe
The creators by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

55 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 3,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A narrative of the great figures who have created our cultural heritage, from the pyramid builders to Picasso, enriching our world with architecture, painting, sculpture, music, drama, dance, and literature
An American primer by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

51 editions published between 1966 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 2,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthology of essays, laws, speeches and other writings illustrating the American way of life
The Adams chronicles : four generations of greatness by Jack Shepherd( Book )

4 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 2,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of four generations of one of America's most prominent families, told largely in their own words from diaries and letters
The seekers : the story of man's continuing quest to understand his world by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

31 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Throughout history, from the time of Socrates to our own modern age, the human race has sought the answers to fundamental questions of life: Who are we? Why are we here?" "Boorstin says our Western culture has seen three grand epics of Seeking. First there was the heroic way of prophets and philosophers - men like Moses or Job or Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, as well as those in the communities of the early church universities and the Protestant Reformation - seeking salvation or truth from the god above or the reason within each of us." "Then came an age of communal seeking, with people like Thucydides and Thomas More and Machiavelli and Voltaire pursuing civilization and the liberal spirit." "Finally, there was an age of the social sciences, when man seemed ruled by the forces of history. Here are the absorbing stories of exceptional men such as Marx, Spengler, and Toynbee, Carlyle and Emerson, and Malraux, Bergson, and Einstein." "These great 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 never cease either to intrigue or to obsess us."--Book jacket
Treasures of the Library of Congress by Charles A Goodrum( Book )

2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 1,776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When, in 1800, Congress purchased the first volumes for the Library of Congress, no one expected its modest acquisition to grow into a treasure-trove of 76 million objects! Less than one quarter of the collection is bound volumes. The Library also has almost every phonograph record made in the United States, the largest collection of motion pictures in America, more maps, globes, and charts, more Civil War photographs, more Stradivari violins, more handwritten copies of the Gettysburg Address than any other institutution in the world. It has rare books and illuminated manuscripts, photographs, letters from great authors -- objects that make up our national memory. Indeed, the Library of Congress is the world's greatest multi-media encyclopedia
The genius of American politics by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

52 editions published between 1953 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 1,658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How much of our political tradition can be absorbed and used by other peoples? Daniel Boorstin's answer to this question has been chosen by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for representation in American Panorama as one of the 350 books, old and new, most descriptive of life in the United States. He describes the uniqueness of American thought and explains, after a close look at the American past, why we have not produced and are not likely to produce grand political theories or successful propaganda. He also suggests what our attitudes must be toward ourselves and other countries if we are to preserve our institutions and help others to improve theirs."--Publisher's description
Hidden history by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

22 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 1,634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Cornelia & Michael Bessie book."Includes index
The lost world of Thomas Jefferson by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

31 editions published between 1948 and 1995 in English and held by 1,216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this classic work by one of America's most widely read historians, Daniel J. Boorstin demonstrates why and how, on the 250th anniversary of his birth, Thomas Jefferson continues to speak to us
Cleopatra's nose : essays on the unexpected by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

21 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 1,197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This provocative new collection of essays by a Pulitzer Prize winner deals with the challenging themes of discovery and surprise in history. Cleopatra's Nose is not a miscellany but rather a selection of recent essays illustrating specific subjects that have preoccupied Boorstin for several decades. Tantalizing themes all: How sometimes discovery only increases our ignorance. What were the specific historical opportunities in the New World? How has the fourth kingdom - the kingdom of machines - contradicted Darwinian expectations, contributed to a confusion of statistics, created the need for the unnecessary, and highlighted the paradoxes of science and the politics of common sense? In a "personal postscript," Boorstin gives us a memorable and affectionate portrait of his father and optimistically celebrates the United States as the Land of the Unexpected
Democracy and its discontents; reflections on everyday America by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

27 editions published between 1971 and 1977 in 3 languages and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Revision of the William W. Cook lectures on American institutions ... delivered at the University of Michigan ... April 3-7, 1972."
Visiting our past : America's historylands by National Geographic Society (U.S.)( Book )

5 editions published between 1977 and 1986 in English and held by 1,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a hostess pokes the blazing brands. time begins to blur in the visitor's imagination. Is this today - or two hundred years ago? Such is the power of a house, a trail, a church, a battlefield, an islet in the stream of years where history dwells undisturbed
The image; or, What happened to the American dream by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

9 editions published between 1961 and 1972 in English and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L Bird( Book )

7 editions published between 1960 and 1984 in English and held by 1,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1872, Isabella Bird, daughter of a clergyman, set off alone to the Antipodes and found she had embarked on a life of adventurous travel. In 1873, wearing Hawaiian riding dress, she rode her horse through the American Wild West, a terrain only newly opened to pioneer settlement. The letters that make up this volume were first published in 1879. They tell of magnificent, unspoiled landscapes and abundant wildlife, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the volatile passions of the miners and pioneer settlers--Publisher description
American civilization; a portrait from the twentieth century by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

26 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 1,086 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America and the image of Europe : reflections on American thought by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

37 editions published between 1960 and 1976 in English and held by 1,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First printing, February 1960"--Title page verso
Slow fires : on the preservation of the human record by Terry Sanders( Visual )

6 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary describing the devastating deterioration of intellectual documents such as pamphlets, photographs, films, drawings, and maps. Assesses the situation, demonstrates preservation and restoration techniques, and suggests ways to prevent deterioration in the future. Features remarks by several experts, writers, and historians, such as James Michener, Barbara Tuchman, Daniel Boorstin, and Vartan Gregorian
The discoverers by Daniel J Boorstin( Visual )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look at mankind's adventures in discovery, from early explorers to modern day scientists
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