An original history of man's greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him. In the compendious history, Boorstin t only traces man's insatiable need to kw, but also the obstacles to discovery and the illusion that kwledge can also put in our way. Covering time, the earth and the seas, nature and society, he gathers and analyzes stories of the man's profound quest to understand his world and the cosmos.
Daniel J. Boorstinwas the author of The Americans, a trilogy (The Colonial Experience; The National Experience, andThe 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.