The Americans: The Democratic Experience

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. A study of the last 100 years of American history. Mr. Borrstint tells the story of the invention of a new democratic culture and the reorientation of the national character through countless little revolutions in economy, technology, and social rearrangements...Illuminated by reflections that are original, judicious and sagacious...A huge fascinating omnibus of a book...an exhilarating adventure that carries us along the highways and byways of a national history like no other. I have learned a great deal about the USA from Professor Boorstin's new book. He knows this country of ours as few historians know it...I read his book with delight and gratitude.

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Daniel J. Boorstin describes a post-Civil War America united not by ideological conviction or religious faith but by common participation in ordinary living: "A new civilization found new ways of holding men together--less and less by creed or belief, by tradition or by place, more and more by common effort and common experience, by the apparatus of daily life, by their ways of thinking about themselves." This is not a familiar litany of names, dates, and places, but an anecdotal account that rises far above impressionism and paints a compelling portrait of the United States as it climbed to new heights. Sheer reading pleasure for lovers of history, this fittingly ambitious conclusion to the Americans trilogy won the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1973. --John J. Miller

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'Mr. Boorstin tells the story of the invention of a new democratic culture and the reorientation of the national character through countless little revolutions in economy, technology, and social rearrangements... Illuminated by reflections that are original, judicious and sagacious...' - Henry Steele Commager

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