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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,234 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel J. Boorstin Narrator: Christopher Cazenove Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN:
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Daniel J. Boorstin, former librarian of the Library of Congress, gives a fascinating history of world civilization. From astronomical development, microscopes, telescopes, medicine, vaccines, genetics and map-making, the author delves into the discoveries of our world and the freedoms those discoveries bestowed. With the breadth and depth of this study, Boorstin relieves the world of its fictitious beliefs and encourages a more modern and scientific approach to the world around us. Discovery is not the main event: convincing people to accept the facts as a new way of life is the key to the growth of mankind.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan Burt | 2/20/2014

    " One of my top 10 reads! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayoko | 2/20/2014

    " A history book.... and almost 1000 pages long. It went up and down in interest since some of the sections are so detailed and long-winded... But it's good right now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 2/17/2014

    " A dense but informative book on the author's view of the individuals and their discoveries that changed the world. The author gives in-depth explanations on technological topics such as how humanity learned to mark the passing of time and determine ships' positions at sea, as well as highlighting the voyages of those who discovered new worlds. Concomitantly, the author examines how and why certain civilizations advanced as others receded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philippe Mckay | 2/12/2014

    " i found it to be very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/6/2014

    " learned a lot from this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Tedford | 2/5/2014

    " I loved this book & the companion piece The Creators. Both of these were filled with amazing information which I didn't know and was surprised to learn. He takes the first person, or people that did something such as navigators, or artists and explains how remarkable their discovery was in their lifetime and what impact it has on us today. Easy to read and not as stuffy as many history books are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 2/5/2014

    " How one person can be so educated in so many different areas I'll never know. Genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Porter | 2/1/2014

    " A lovely book. I just reread it after 15 years, and it's a lucid and compelling as ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawrence | 1/19/2014

    " Loved it! One of the most eye opening books I've read. More than a history of science, the work details how humans have gathered knowledge of the world that surrounds them. The coverage of Time and another chapter on Longitude were eye opening. This is a must read for everyone. Top 5 book for me.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Mcallister | 10/24/2013

    " I had to read this book for a class, and didn't think I would like it much, but in the end I really enjoyed it and learned a lot along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gideon Burton | 10/19/2013

    " Boorstin is so good at the general historical overview. Not too heavy on the historical details, but ample to bring out the specific cultures, periods, and change makers. I highly recommend. I also bought the audio version and enjoyed it (though it was abridged). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Lee | 10/11/2013

    " #33 THE DISCOVORIES: A History Of Man's Search To Know His World And Himself by Daniel J. Boorston. Durfee's top 50 non-fiction books countdown. Pretty much a history of everything in the world (a very thick book needless to say). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adele | 10/7/2013

    " An alltime favorite which led to so much more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cinda Bennett Crow | 10/7/2013

    " This is a book for every bookshelf; one to return to every few decade. Boorstin views history through the accomplishments/discoveries of mankind that had an impact on humanity. Not a pageturner, rather a book for contemplation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Kalinowski | 8/16/2013

    " The Discovers and The Inventors two great books about the inquisitiveness of humans and what it can lead too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 7/25/2013

    " Wonderful book! The ideas made me want to be a better student. Daniel Boorstin was the librarian of Congress for years. Excellent writing...motivational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip | 7/18/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Malone | 12/23/2012

    " I felt the book was a little too Euro-centric, but Mr. Boorstin does give a lot of interesting information about Oriental and Islamic cultures, too. Even with the issue I take with this book, I think it an indispensable sweeping portrait of humanity, and I love that kind of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 8/9/2012

    " A monumental achievement. Well worth the reading. It wasn't as compellingly written as I might have liked. It took me a good while to get through it. But it's a great reference work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ignacio De leon | 5/26/2012

    " Erudite work about history, told from a very original standpoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 5/9/2012

    " Definitely an interesting book. Fascinating history of the numerous discoveries made. And if I had an awesome memory, I could spout off hundreds of cool facts. The book seemed to run on a bit at times, but I guess not everything will be interesting to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Price | 4/13/2012

    " Excellent one of the most readable books about world history you can get your hands on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.P. | 2/21/2012

    " The first of Boorstin's trilogy. The Discoverers provides a fantastic look at how man's discoveries shaped the course of history. Not a quick read, but it's worth it--as is the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Molino | 2/14/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoyable and educational. In particular I like how the scope of the book's subject is laid out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt | 11/19/2011

    " I read this book in college for, "The History and Philosophy of Science." This was a fascinating book which takes a detailed look at how scientific thought was developed. I highly recommend this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethan | 10/10/2011

    " Comprehensive and informative, and refreshingly not centered on Western civilization. A great addition to any reference shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David D | 9/28/2011

    " Nice treatment of the major discoverers in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 6/27/2011

    " 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 Daniel | 6/13/2011

    " I loved this book...my favorite part is the chapter on the Mind/Memory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Projwal | 4/4/2011

    " A fascinating read. The author takes the reader from the beginning of time as humans know it, to the discoveries of australia, and america. A magical journey "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/12/2011

    " I wish I could give this book more stars. A brilliant, satisfying read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayoko | 11/10/2010

    " A history book.... and almost 1000 pages long. It went up and down in interest since some of the sections are so detailed and long-winded... But it's good right now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 7/22/2010

    " A mind-stretching overview of mankinds's quest to learn about our world from the earliest tmes to present day. In the process I learned so much myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 4/25/2010

    " Can't read it through... can't put it down. Like peanuts on the table I keep them near and consume a little at a time. This book has been on my bedside and in the bathroom for reading for a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 3/14/2010

    " Nice treatment of the major discoverers in history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 2/17/2010

    " I've never taken so long to finish a book but I told myself I would read it and I made it through the thing... lets not mention it took me 2 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gideon | 2/13/2010

    " Boorstin is so good at the general historical overview. Not too heavy on the historical details, but ample to bring out the specific cultures, periods, and change makers. I highly recommend. I also bought the audio version and enjoyed it (though it was abridged). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SD | 1/13/2010

    " I've been reading this book for about 10 years.....a constant work in progress....but fantastic and fascinating. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Christopher Cazenove (1943–2010), one of England’s finest actors, starred on stage and television in the United States and Great Britain. His motion-picture credits include A Knight’s Tale, Eye of the Needle, Children of the Full Moon, and Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill. He played Ben Carrington on television’s Dynasty.