Free Download [Crime Book] ↠ The Americans, Vol. 3: The Democratic Experience - by Daniel J. Boorstin ·

By Daniel J. Boorstin | Comments: ( 345 ) | Date: ( Dec 13, 2019 )

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

  • Title: The Americans, Vol. 3: The Democratic Experience
  • Author: Daniel J. Boorstin
  • ISBN: 9780394710112
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Daniel J. Boorstin

Daniel Joseph Boorstin was a historian, professor, attorney, and writer He was appointed twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress from 1975 until 1987.He graduated from Tulsa s Central High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the age of 15 He graduated with highest honors from Harvard, studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and earned his PhD at Yale University He was a lawyer and a university professor at the University of Chicago for 25 years He also served as director of the National Museum of History and Technology of the Smithsonian Institution.His The Americans The Democratic Experience received the 1974 Pulitzer Prize in history.Within the discipline of social theory, Boorstin s 1961 book The Image A Guide to Pseudo events in America is an early description of aspects of American life that were later termed hyperreality and postmodernity In The Image, Boorstin describes shifts in American culture mainly due to advertising where the reproduction or simulation of an event becomes important or real than the event itself He goes on to coin the term pseudo event which describes events or activities that serve little to no purpose other than to be reproduced through advertisements or other forms of publicity The idea of pseudo events closely mirrors work later done by Jean Baudrillard and Guy Debord The work is still often used as a text in American sociology courses.When President Gerald Ford nominated Boorstin to be Librarian of Congress, the nomination was supported by the Authors League of America but opposed by the American Library Association because Boorstin was not a library administrator The Senate confirmed the nomination without debate.Boorstin died in 2004 in Washington, D.C.

Comments The Americans, Vol. 3: The Democratic Experience

  • Bill

    If I had to pick one author to pick for my 'desert island' library it would be my history-hero - Daniel J. Boorstin who was literally the Librarian of Congress. I cannot remember when I first read this book - high school, college - maybe even just after college, but this book drove in me the desire to be master of 'why things happened the way they did'. To summarize the book, from the overleaf: "Daniel J. Boorstin's long-awaited full-scale portrait of modern America chronicles the Great Transfor [...]

  • Michael

    Listened to via Books-on-TapeDaniel Boorstin is the most oft cited consensus historian of the post-war period. As critics observe, he is persistently oblivious to conflict and contest in American history. Worse than being reviled, he is ignored by the profession as irrelevant.Main current of Boorstin's thought is that Americans are a "practical" people. Free from abstract doctrine or theological speculation, the Puritans built a "city on a hill." Celia Kenyon pointed to "the themes of practicali [...]

  • Frank Stein

    There are plenty of simple errors in this book, of date and place, and plenty of vacuous speculation, but overall, this book gives the reader a majestic overview of Americans inventing and creating over a hundred years of history. The themes that tie the book together are thin, but the brief individual biographies of creativity are great. There's the abolitionist "father of life insurance" Elizur Wright, who saw desperate people trading their life insurance policies as a shadow of the slave trad [...]

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  • Andrew

    Like many of Boorstin's other books this one does not follow a central narrative. Rather it consists of a series of seemingly random vignettes like the development of cattle branding irons, Chicago gangsters, and marriage laws in Nevada. While odd, the anecdotes are nonetheless fascinating and they're all held together by a common theme. For example the previously mentioned anecdotes fall under a section named "The Go-Getters" which is about America as a "developing" country. There weren't yet e [...]

  • Al

    Another re-read of one of my key undergraduate texts. The book is an example of intellectual history - as opposed to social history of political history. As such, it is a treasure store of information on those aspects of American colonial life that are often given little attention elsewhere - the development of American schools and universities, the practice of law and medicine in the colonies, the history of books and newspapers before the revolution, as well as a host of other areas of interes [...]

  • Chelsea Ursaner

    Sometimes I really loved this book (particularly because I'm a data person and he spends a lot of time talking about Statistical communities, i.e. the development of IQ tests to measure intelligence, GDP to measure economies, etc), but it bothered me that he didn't stick to the theme of "the democratic experience". He was all over the place and would just throw in the word "democratic" every now and then. Not Boorstin's best work, in my opinion.

  • Beth Allen

    This is a re-read. This whole series is really eye-opening. It was written a while back, and I've read criticism that its view of history is far too centered on dead white males (which if I do a count of people mentioned is true). But still I think the way Boorstin categorizes and investigates the forces of what made the US what it is, holds truth.

  • Michael

    By nature episodic, the book is still engaging and thought provoking. The focus is on inventions and attitudes that that really emphasized the values of the New compared to the Old world. Stimulating and insightful; not to be missed.

  • First Second Books

    Reading this book in the past week, I have learned more miscellaneous facts about American history than I have in the past four years! And it was also fascinating and thought-provoking about the development of our American culture.

  • Vivian

    Another wonderful installment of the three-volume history of the U.S. I've learned so much from these books, and, although this last one was written in the late 1960s, it is still very relevant. Highly recommended.

  • David

    This is a beautifully written in-depth look at how the cultural idea of democratization has affected our society from politics to commerce.

  • Eric_W

    Read the entire trilogy. Cultural history at its best.

  • John

    Highly readable mostly non-political history of US. Full of surprising explanations of how and why business and social customs came about.

  • R.K. Goff

    A little hard to stick with, but a wonderful book. It's full of interesting stories and information, and shows a great picture of time passing and a country evolving.

  • Chip

    In my top 10 history.

  • Joannmuench Muench

    I loved all of Boorstin's books.obably because I love social history.

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