Daniel Boorstin

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Daniel Boorstin (1914-2004) was a distinguished historian, administrator and writer.

He was a Rhodes Scholar and among other positions throughout a long career. was director of the National Museum of History and Technology, senior historian at the Smithsonian Institute, chair of American history at the Sorbonne, Professor of American history and Institutions at Cambridge University where he was a Fellow at Trinity College.

He headed the Library of Congress from 1975 until 1987 and wrote several scholarly but accessible books, including:

  • The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America
  • The Discoverers
  • The Creators
  • The Seekers

He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for the third volume of his trilogy, The Americans.