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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,228 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel J. Boorstin Narrator: Christopher Cazenove Publisher: The Publishing Mills Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Discoverers is a vivid, sweeping and original history of man's greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him - the relationship of the heavens to his own planet, the elusive and mysterious dimension of time, the vast and colorful range of plants and animals, the intricate workings of his own body, the surprising variety of human societies past and present. Boorstin's flair for the vivid anecdote, for fresh points of view, and for the dramatic relationship of ideas has made him the most readable of our eminent historians.

The story of our world is not the usual succession of battles and empires and political leaders, but a tale of discoveries and beginnings. The long human quest for what man does not yet know becomes a mystery story played by a vast cast on an ever-changing stage. The heroes of this saga are men with an insatiable hunger for knowledge and the courage to venture into the unknown.

Why didn't the Chinese discover America? Why were people so slow to learn the earth goes around the sun? How and why did we begin to think of species of plants and animals? How, when, and why did people begin digging in the earth to learn about the past? How did the study of economics begin? These are but a few of the fascinating questions answered by Dr. Boorstin, Librarian of Congress Emeritus. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steven | 2/12/2014

    " One of the best books I've ever read. Temendous overview mankind's discoveries. It's divided into broad categories: Time, Earth & Seas, Nature, and Society. I actually read this some 25 years ago and looking at it again, I think it's time to read it a second time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe Paulk | 2/9/2014

    " One of Boorstin's best and most thorough. His explanation of the evolution of the concept of time is brilliant. While it has slow portions, it is well worth the effort put forth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Terry | 2/9/2014

    " "A history of man's search to know his world and himself." This book surveys the "pathbreakers" who propelled human knowledge in such areas as medicine, biology, astronomy, anthropology, and most other intellectual disciplines. Boorstin makes a distinction between those who make initial discoveries and those who consolidate and bring forth the full knowledge. He is perhaps overly enamored of Western Europe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Phillip | 2/8/2014

    " Daniel Boorstin, native Oklahoman and former head of the Library of Congress, has produced a wonderful history of many types of discoverers who have made contributions to our culture. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel J. Boorstin

Daniel J. Boorstin was born in 1914 and educated at Harvard, Yale, and Oxford. He is Librarian of Congress Emeritus, having directed the US national library from 1979-1987. He had previously been Director of the National Museum for History and Technology and of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. He taught at the University of Chicago for twenty-five years.