Daniel J. Boorstin was the author of The Americans, a trilogy (The Colonial Experience; The National Experience, and The Democratic Experience) that won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1989, he received the National Book Award for lifetime contribution to literature. He was the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and for twelve years served as the Librarian of Congress. He died in 2004.
"Impressive. . . . Boorstin reminds us what intellectual history on the grand scale looks like." --The New York Times Book Review
"Unexcelled. . . . [It] confirms Boorstin's rank as one of the giants of twentieth-century American scholarship." --George F. Will "Delivered with . . . skill, unalloyed admiration, and a keen eye for detail." --Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "An admirable volume, thoroughly researched and beautifully arranged." --Washington Times