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The Discoverers Paperback – February 12, 1985
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Although The Discoverers easily stands on its own, it is technically the first entry in a trilogy that also includes The Creators and The Seekers. An outstanding book--one of the best works of history to be found anywhere. --John J. Miller
" A sumptuous, totally engaging panorama. No one who reads it will look at the chronicle of human ingenuity in the same way again." --David McCullough
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After I read this book, the promise made in the Washington Post Book World's review to it, I found fulfilled: "few indeed will be the readers who do not themselves become discoverers....." This book is one of the most outstanding discoveries that I made in my quest for knowledge. You must not overlook it.
I have been in both multi-national and venture environments for thirty years, bringing pioneering advanced medical technologies to the global marketplace. When I stumbled onto "The Discoverers" in 1987, I could not put it down. This is a must book for anyone involved in the process of discovery.
Boorstin clearly shows that discovery is the adventure of discovering a fundamental truth... While the earth has always been round and bacteria have been here longer than mankind, our understanding of fundamental 'truths' like these took years to discover. Money, prestige, power, suppressed independent thinking, and laziness all combined to create a 'group think,' a status quo, that was difficult to change. Boorstin shows how 'group think' worked against the acceptance of new ideas, and the eventual discovery of truth. Those who are involved in discovery will recognize that these same obstacles stand in our way today.
I have purchased 50+ copies since I bought my first copy. I have given them as gifts to others who have dedicated their lives as entreprenuers, scientists, and/or venture capitalists in an effort to creating a better world. This is a book that tells their story and why they must not give up.
For a change, the text completely held my attention. Instead of only reading the assigned portions, I read the entire book. Upon discussing this with my classmates, I learned that each of them had done the same.
Perhaps my memory is tainted because this was an overall fun class where we studied actual sailable scale models of caravels built using the actual techniques of the time. But, I recently finished re-reading the book and it was just as much fun the eighth or ninth time around. I've read it so many times that I've lost count.
The two sections that I've always found riveting are the discovery of longitude and Captain Cook muddling around Antarctica. This book is just wonderful. I only wish that the sequel, "The Creators", was just as good. I found that one to be a bit rambling.
I read Daniel Boorstin's excellent several history books ages ago (Discoverers, Seekers, Creators, Americans) and The Discoverers was my clear favorite. But I gave my copies away. When my grandkids got to the age I could give them copies (which I did, in paperback), I decided to re-read it, so bought the Kindle edition.
It is absolutely RIDDLED with typographical and transcription errors!! Misspellings, transposed numbers, incorrect verb tenses - dozens and dozens of them! And, given that I FOUND those, it makes me wonder how many more I did NOT catch!
This is the first time I've been so completely disappointed with a Kindle book - but the disappointment is total. I really wasted my money on this one!
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The book gives you a new prospective of our history. Honest and factual unlike O'reilly's Killing series of false narratives. Truly a must read for any history buff.Published 2 months ago by richard l gunsch
If you read only one book a year, read this one. Excellent.Published 2 months ago by Stella Duckworth
I had read this book when it was first published and my memories were very positive but the details of the chapters had faded significantly..so I decided to read it again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by KEVIN D. MURRAY
Interesting and full of facts, but a bit difficult to read. I spoiled myself by reading several David McCullough books before this one, and he is the penultimate master. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John D. Nachtrieb
Fascinating (but very long and slow-going) account of how we got to the modern world. Puts you in a world without time-telling, calendars, maps, latitude and longitude, writing,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R.B.
This book is an easy read full of interesting facts about a broad range of topics. Its history of the evolution of ideas shows how easily one can be blinded by one's current... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dean Booth
How do you make history exciting? Boorstin shows you how. If you only read one book in ten years, read this one.Published 3 months ago by CJ