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The Americans, The Colonial Experience

Daniel Boorstin

ISBN 10: 039441506X / ISBN 13: 9780394415062
Published by Random House, New York, 1958
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Americans, The Colonial Experience

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1958

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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This first volume in "The Americans" trilogy defines the unique qualities of the American nation and rediscovers the American character and way of life as it was shaped in the decisive years between the coming of the Pilgrims and the winning of Independence.

Review:

The first book in a trilogy--and in many respects the best of the bunch--The Colonial Experience is an essential interpretation of how the habits of people who lived more than two centuries ago shaped the lives of modern Americans. Boorstin shows how an undiscovered continent shattered long-standing traditions and utopian fantasies with the hard demands of everyday life far from the sophisticated centers of European civilization: "Old categories were shaken up, and new situations revealed unsuspected uses for old knowledge," writes Boorstin. He starts with a series of penetrating essays on the Puritans of Massachusetts, the Quakers of Pennsylvania, the philanthropists of Georgia, and the planters of Virginia, then tackles a set of diffuse topics that range from astronomy to language to medicine in fascinating vignettes.

The Colonial Experience is must reading for anybody interested in the development of the American character. --John J. Miller

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