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The Americans: The National Experience Paperback – February 12, 1967
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Daniel J. Boorstin, one of America's great historians, focuses on American ingenuity and emergent nationalism in this middle book of the Americans trilogy, dealing with a period extending roughly from the Revolution to the Civil War. Like its two companion volumes, The National Experience is a sometimes quirky look at how certain patterns of living helped shape the character of the United States. The book simply overflows with ideas, all of them introduced in entertaining chapters on subjects such as the New England ice industry and the boomtowns of the Midwest.
Boorstin is a delight to read, a genuine polymath whose wide-ranging interests and love of learning show up on every page. --John J. Miller
"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