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The Americans

The National Experience (Americans Series #2)

Daniel J. Boorstin


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Paperback (3/12/1964)
Paperback (12/1/1989)


This second volume in "The Americans" trilogy deals with the crucial period of American history from the Revolution to the Civil War. Here we meet the people who shaped, and were shaped by, the American experience—the versatile New Englanders, the Transients and the Boosters.  Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize.

Praise For The Americans: The National Experience (Americans Series #2)

"Boorstins achievement is to compel us to see again, ranged in order, the whole mass of attitudes and mechanisms that arise from American difference, and to display his material so abundantly and ingeniously that we see aspects of the nations' past as if for the first time." —Marcus Cunliffe, Book Week

"This is the history of a nation 'beginning again and again, under men's very eyes. I can only repeat that this is a fine book—controversial certainly, but a courageous, learned and most exciting work." —George Dangerfield, The New York Times Book Review

"This exceptionally good book . . .  abounds in concrete, entertaining details, and in bright, original ideas about those fascinating people, us." —The New Yorker

Vintage, 9780394703589, 528pp.

Publication Date: February 12, 1967

About the Author

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.