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The Seekers
The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to Understand His World Knowledge Trilogy (3)
Written by Daniel J. Boorstin

The Seekers
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Category: History - World; Philosophy; Philosophy - History, Criticism, Surveys
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: October 1999
Price: $17.00
Can. Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70475-8 (0-375-70475-2)
Pages: 368
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

In The Discoverers and The Creators, Boorstin first told brilliantly how we discovered the reality of our world, and then he celebrated man's achievements in the arts. He now turns to the great figures in history who sought meaning and purpose in our existence.

Boorstin says our Western culture has seen three grand epics of Seeking. First there was the heroic way of prophets and philosophers--men like Moses and Job, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, as well as those in the communities of the early church universities and the Protestant Reformation--seeking salvation or truth from the god above or the reason within each of us.

Then came an age of communal seeking, with people like Thucydides, Thomas More, Machiavelli, and Voltaire pursuing civilization and the liberal spirit.

Finally, there was an age of the social sciences, when man seemed ruled by the forces of history. Here are the absorbing stories of exceptional men such as Marx, Spengler, and Toynbee, Carlyle and Emerson, and Malraux, Bergson, and Einstein.

In this impressive climax to a monumental trilogy, Boorstin once again shows that his ability to present challenging ideas, coupled with sharp portraits of great writers and thinkers, remains unparalleled.

''The Seekers is an impressive conclusion to a grand trilogy and a grand career.... Boorstin has slowly and carefully built a Library of Alexandria open to the public, a library, that is,  without walls."
--New York Times Book Review



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Daniel J. Boorstin is the author of The Americans, a trilogy 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 lives with his wife and editor, Ruth F. Boorstin, in Washington, D.C.





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