This first volume in "The Americans" trilogy defines the unique qualities of the American nation and rediscovers the American character and way of life as it was shaped in the decisive years between the coming of the Pilgrims and the winning of Independence.
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The first book in a trilogy--and in many respects the best of the bunch--The Colonial Experience is an essential interpretation of how the habits of people who lived more than two centuries ago shaped the lives of modern Americans. Boorstin shows how an undiscovered continent shattered long-standing traditions and utopian fantasies with the hard demands of everyday life far from the sophisticated centers of European civilization: "Old categories were shaken up, and new situations revealed unsuspected uses for old knowledge," writes Boorstin. He starts with a series of penetrating essays on the Puritans of Massachusetts, the Quakers of Pennsylvania, the philanthropists of Georgia, and the planters of Virginia, then tackles a set of diffuse topics that range from astronomy to language to medicine in fascinating vignettes.
The Colonial Experience is must reading for anybody interested in the development of the American character. --John J. MillerFrom the Inside Flap:
Winner of the Bancroft Prize. "A superb panorama of life in America from the first settlements on through the white hot days of the Revolution." - Bruce Lancaster, Saturday Review
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Descripción Vintage. Estado de conservación: Good. . Nº de ref. de la librería L04E-00789
Descripción Random House, New York NY, 1958. Softcover. Very Good with no dust jacket; Edgewear. Pen scribbles on front endpaper. ; Trade PB; 434 pages. Nº de ref. de la librería 1519
Descripción Vintage Books, 1958. Estado de conservación: Fair. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP89887120