Daniel J. Boorstin





Daniel J. Boorstin

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born
in Atlanta, Georgia, The United States
October 01, 1914

died
February 28, 2004

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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
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“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
Daniel J. Boorstin, The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself

“No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.”
Daniel J. Boorstin

“A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you.”
Daniel J. Boorstin
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