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Daniel J. Boorstin Collection (Library of Congress)

Works: 92 works in 249 publications in 19 languages and 46,875 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Tables (Data)  Reference works  Quotations  Chronologies  Exhibition catalogs  Autobiographies  Charts, diagrams, etc  Sources 
Classifications: E169.1, 909
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Most widely held works by Daniel J. Boorstin Collection (Library of Congress)
The Americans : the democratic experience by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

40 editions published between 1958 and 2002 in 8 languages and held by 8,800 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 )

26 editions published between 1983 and 1994 in 11 languages and held by 4,726 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 )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in 6 languages and held by 3,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the history of the arts and includes biographies of important figures ranging from Homer to Stravinsky incorporated into a mosaic of creativity that spans three thousand years
Education of a wandering man by Louis L'Amour( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 2,869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From his decision to leave school at fifteen to roam the world, to his recollections of life as a hobo on the Southern Pacific Railroad, as a cattle skinner in Texas, as a merchant seaman in Singapore and the West Indies, and as an itinerant bare-knuckled prizefighter across small-town America, here is Louis L'Amour's memoir of his lifelong love affair with learning--from books, from wandering, and from some remarkable men and women--that shaped him as a storyteller and as a man. Like classic L'Amour fiction, Education of a Wandering Man mixes authentic frontier drama--such as the author's desperate efforts to survive a sudden two-day trek across the blazing Mojave desert--with true-life characters like Shanghai waterfront toughs, desert prospectors, and cowboys whom Louis L'Amour met while traveling the globe
The Adams chronicles : four generations of greatness by Jack Shepherd( Book )

3 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 2,191 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
We Americans by National Geographic Book Service( Book )

4 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and held by 2,001 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lavishly illustrated account with excellent text and hundreds of maps, photographs, and diagrams
The seekers : the story of man's continuing quest to understand his world by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1,809 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
Hidden history by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

6 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and Korean and held by 1,578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Cornelia & Michael Bessie book."Includes index
Simpson's contemporary quotations by James Beasley Simpson( Book )

3 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 1,393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

About 10,000 outstanding quotable comments uttered since 1950, with special emphasis on the last two dozen years, can be found only in Simpson's Contemporary Quotations. Bons mots, witticisms, epigrams and profundities from nearly 4,000 people - famous and infamous, renowned and obscure - fill a unique compilation. The quotes in this lively collection, ranging from the words of Hank Aaron to those of Vladimir Zworykin, from Politics & Government to Communications & the Arts, are drawn from thousands of sources into one useful volume. Simpson s Contemporary Quotations provides the date and whenever possible the circumstances surrounding each utterance. This detailed documentation makes the book an essential reference for journalists, executives, jurists, clerics, politicians, teachers, speechwriters, students, scholars, authors and all others who want to quote with accuracy and flair
The genius of American politics by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

8 editions published between 1953 and 1984 in 3 languages and held by 1,361 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
The timetables of history : a horizontal linkage of people and events by Bernard Grun( Book )

4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronlogical tables describe concurrent events in world history from 4241 B.C. through 1978
Democracy and its discontents; reflections on everyday America by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

4 editions published between 1974 and 1977 in English and Burmese and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Revision of the William W. Cook lectures on American institutions ... delivered at the University of Michigan ... April 3-7, 1972."
James Madison and the search for nationhood by Robert Allen Rutland( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At long last, James Madison has his memorial on Capitol Hill, and in this grand Library building. As the bicentennial of the framing of our Constitution approaches, here we provide monumental evidence that our nation has not forgotten the chief architect and advocate of our still-vital Constitution. Historians will probably agree that James Madison was less effective as a politician than as a statesman, a scholar, and a political philosopher. If the politician must have his eye on the next election, and the statesman on the next generation, this Library, invigorated by the quiet scholarly spirit of Madison, can remind us of the vistas of the past, and future, generations. - Foreword
The image; or, What happened to the American dream by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

2 editions published in 1962 in English and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cleopatra's nose : essays on the unexpected by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 981 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
The decline of radicalism; reflections on America today by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

4 editions published between 1969 and 1970 in English and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The republic of technology : reflections on our future community by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The exploring spirit : America and the world, then and now by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

4 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published between 1960 and 1976 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First printing, February 1960"--Title page verso
The lost world of Thomas Jefferson by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

1 edition published in 1960 in English and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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