Daniel Joseph Boorstin


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Daniel Joseph Boorstin (October 1, 1914 – February 28, 2004) was an American historian, professor, attorney, and writer. He was appointed twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress from 1975 until 1987. more »

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  • ''The celebrity is a person who is known for his well-knownness.''
    Daniel J. Boorstin (b. 1914), U.S. historian. The Image, ch. 2 (1961). "In our world of big names," Boorstin wrote, "our true heroes tend to be an...
  • Until now when we have started to talk about the uniqueness of America we have almost always ended by comparing ourselves to Europe. Toward her we have felt all the attraction and repulsions of Oedipu...
    Daniel J. Boorstin (b. 1914), U.S. historian. America and the Image of Europe, foreword (1960).
  • ''The most important American addition to the World Experience was the simple surprising fact of America. We have helped prepare mankind for all its later surprises.''
    Daniel J. Boorstin (b. 1914), U.S. historian. "The Exploring Spirit: America and the World Experience," lecture 6, Oct. 1975, Reith Lectures (1976).
  • ''The world of crime ... is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.''
    Daniel J. Boorstin (b. 1914), U.S. historian. The Image, ch. 6 (1961).
  • ''A pseudo-event ... comes about because someone has planned it, planted, or incited it. Typically, it is not a train wreck or an earthquake, but an interview.''
    Daniel J. Boorstin (b. 1914), U.S. historian. The Image, ch. 1 (1961).
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