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The Genius of American Politics (The Chicago History of American Civilization)

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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 clo ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published October 15th 1958 by University Of Chicago Press (first published May 28th 1953)
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The consensus historian Boorstin takes us on a journey through crucial points of American history. He brings interesting arguments to the table but some are now dated. I wonder how he would view today's neo-conservative school of thought?
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Aug 22, 2012 Jim Melcher rated it it was amazing
Written in the 1950s in reaction to Joe McCarthy but still applicable. I read it as an undergraduate and have loved it ever since.
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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
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