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DR Daniel J Boorstin Dr Daniel J Boorstin 1914- holds many honorable positions and has received numerous awards for his notable work He is one of Americas most eminent historians the author of more than fifteen books and numerous articles on the history of the United States as well as a creator of a television show His editor-wife Ruth Frankel Boorstin a Wellesley graduate has been his close collaborator Born in Atlanta Georgia and raised in Oklahoma he received his undergraduate degree with highest honors from Harvard and his doctors degree from Yale He has spent a great deal of his life abroad first in England as a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College Oxford More recently he has been visiting professor of American History at the University of Rome Italy the University of Geneva Switzerland and at Kyoto University Japan He was the first incumbent of the chair of American History at the Sorbonne and was the Professor of American History and Institutions as well as Fellow of Trinity College at Cambridge University He has been director of the National Museum of American History and the Librarian of Congress Emeritus He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and has practiced law He has received more than fifty honorary degrees and has been honored by the governments of France Belgium and Portugal In 1989 he received the National Book Award for Distinguished Contributions to American Letters by the NationalBook Foundation Dr Boorstins many books include the trilogy The Americans The Colonial Experience which won the Bancroft Prize The Americans The National Experience which won the Parkman Prize and The Americans The Democratic Experience which won the Pulitzer Prize His 1983 work The Discoverers a best selling history of mans search to know the world and himself was awarded the Watson Davis Prize of the History of Science Society His other works include The Mysterious Science of Law The Genius of American Politics
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