Subjects Freshman Year Reading African American Studies African Studies American Studies Anthropology Art, Film, Music and Architecture Asian Studies Business and Economics Criminology Education Environmental Studies Foreign Language Instructional Materials Gender Studies History Irish Studies Jewish Studies Latin American & Caribbean Studies Law and Legal Studies Literature and Drama Literature in Spanish Media Issues, Journalism and Communication Middle East Studies Native American Studies Philosophy Political Science Psychology Reference Religion Russian and Eastern European Studies Science and Mathematics Sociology Study Aids


E-Newsletters: Click here to be notified of new titles in your field
Click here to request Desk/Exam copies
Freshman Year Reading
View Our Award Winners
Click here to view our Catalogs
Daniel J. Boorstin
Daniel J. Boorstin

Photo © Jerry Bauer

  • About this Author
author spotlight

Daniel J. Boorstin is also 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.

author bookshelf
Sort: Date  Format  Price  Title

The Americans: The National Experience

Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: eBook, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 7, 2010
Price: $13.99

Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
The Americans: The National Experience

Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1967
Price: $17.95

Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize  

This second volume of The Americans explores the problems of community and the search for a national identity.

"This is the history of a nation from 'beginning again and again, under men's very eyes.' I can only repeat that this is a fine book--controversial certainly, but a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 2010
Price: $13.99

Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 1964
Price: $17.95

Winner of the Bancroft Prize

"A superb panorama of life in America from the first settlements on through the white-hot days of the Revolution...an amazingly stimulating and brilliant study of America's past in which its present may be recognized and its future envisioned."--Saturday Review

Also available from Vintage: Americans: The National Experience... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Americans: The Democratic Experience

Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: eBook, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 3, 2010
Price: $15.99

Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
The Americans: The Democratic Experience

Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1974
Price: $21.00

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"Mr. Boorstin tells the story of the invention of a new democratic culture and the reorientation of the national character through countless little revolutions in economy, technology, and social rearrangements...Illuminated by reflections that are original, judicious and sagacious."--Henry Steele Commager

"A superb panorama of life in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Cleopatra's Nose
Essays on the Unexpected
Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 1995
Price: $15.95

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Discoverers and The Creators demonstrates the truth behind the aphorism that if Cleopatra's nose had been shorter, the face of the world would have changed. For in this provocative book, Boorstin uncovers the elements of accident, improvisation, and contradiction at the core of American institutions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Cleopatra's Nose
Essays on the Unexpected
Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2011
Price: $11.99

Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
The Creators
A History of Heroes of the Imagination
Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 28, 1993
Price: $20.00

The companion volume to The Discoverers and The Seekers, this is Boorstin's panoramic, yet minutely detailed history of the arts. Even as he tells the stories of Homer, Joyce, Giotto, Picasso, Handel, Wagner, and Virginia Woolf, Boorstin assembles them into a grand mosaic that encompasses three thousand years of aesthetic and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Creators
A History of Heroes of the Imagination
Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: eBook, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2012
Price: $14.99

Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
The Discoverers

Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1985
Price: $18.95

Winner of the History of Science Society Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize


Boorstin's companion volume to The Creators and The Seekers is a vivid, sweeping, and original history of human discovery.

“Compellingly readable . . . a remarkable narrative of the grand intellectual venture of humankind, rich in fascinating, often... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Discoverers

Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: eBook, 768 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 26, 2011
Price: $14.99

Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
The Image
A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America
Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 1992
Price: $16.00

First published in 1962, Boorstin’s prophetic vision of an America inundated by its own illusions introduced the notion of “pseudo-events” —events such as press conferences and presidential debates, which are manufactured solely in order to be reported—and the contemporary definition of “celebrity” as “a person who is known for his well-knownness.”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Image
A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America
Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2012
Price: $9.99

Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 26, 1999
Price: $17.00

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... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Seekers
The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to Understand His World
Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 1998
Price: $13.99

Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Written by Edward Gibbon
Edited by Hans-Friedrich Mueller
Illustrated by Gian Battista Piranesi
Introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 1312 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $16.00

PLEASE NOTE: This paperback edition will not be available until August, 2003.

This new abridgement retains the full scope and structure of Gibbon's narrative, but in a compass accessible to any interested reader.

"It was Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amid the ruins of the Capitol, while... Read more >

Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: The Modern Library Collection (Complete and Unabridged)

Written by Edward Gibbon
Illustrated by Gian Battista Piranesi
Introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: eBook, 2736 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 28, 2013
Price: $39.99

Read more >

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I
A.D. 180 to A.D. 395 (A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Edward Gibbon
Illustrated by Gian Battista Piranesi
Introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: eBook, 928 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $13.99

"I devoured Gibbon," wrote Winston Churchill.  "I rode triumphantly through it from end to end and enjoyed it all."  Gibbon's magnum opus -- which encompasses thirteen hundred years of history, swinging across Europe, North Africa, and Asia -- remains one of the greatest works of history ever written.  This Modern Library e-book bundle contains... Read more >
Page 1 of 1