Seekers: The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to Understand His World

Seekers: The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to Understand His World

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By (author) Daniel J Boorstin

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 365 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 23mm | 280g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2000
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375704752
  • ISBN 13: 9780375704758
  • Edition statement: Vintage Books ed
  • Sales rank: 283,285

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A "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year From the author of The Discoverers and The Creators, an incomparable history of man's essential questions: "Who are we?" and "Why are we here?" Daniel J. Boorstin, the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Americans, introduces us to some of the great pioneering seekers whose faith and thought have for centuries led man's search for meaning. Moses sought truth in God above while Sophocles looked to reason. Thomas More and Machiavelli pursued truth through social change. And in the modern age, Marx and Einstein found meaning in the sciences. In this epic intellectual adventure story, Boorstin follows the great seekers from the heroic age of prophets and philosophers to the present age of skepticism as they grapple with the great questions that have always challenged man.

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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.

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"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

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A "New York Times Notable Book of the Year From the author of The Discoverers and The Creators, an incomparable history of man's essential questions: "Who are we?" and "Why are we here?" Daniel J. Boorstin, the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Americans, introduces us to some of the great pioneering seekers whose faith and thought have for centuries led man's search for meaning. Moses sought truth in God above while Sophocles looked to reason. Thomas More and Machiavelli pursued truth through social change. And in the modern age, Marx and Einstein found meaning in the sciences. In this epic intellectual adventure story, Boorstin follows the great seekers from the heroic age of prophets and philosophers to the present age of skepticism as they grapple with the great questions that have always challenged man.