Daniel Boorstin

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Birthday
1, 1914
Birthplace
Georgia
Death Date
Feb 28, 2004 (89)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
1, 1914
Birthplace
Georgia
Death Date
Feb 28, 2004 (89)

About

An influential American historian, he is known for The Americans trilogy and The Discoverers, both of which emphasized the role of individuals in bringing about significant historical events. He was the 1974 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in history.

Before Fame

After graduating from Harvard, he studied at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and later earned a law degree from Yale. He subsequently taught at the University of Chicago for nearly three decades.

Trivia

His early works include The Mysterious Science of the Law (1941), The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson (1948), and The Genius of American Politics (1953).

Family Life

His father was a prominent Jewish lawyer who defended Leo Frank in a famous court case. His son, Paul Boorstin, became a documentary filmmaker.

Associated With

President Gerald R. Ford nominated him to be the Librarian of Congress.