Cleopatra's Nose: Essays on the Unexpected

Cleopatra's Nose: Essays on the Unexpected

by Daniel J. Boorstin
     
 

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Discoverers demonstrates the truth behind the aphorism that if Cleopatra's nose had been shorter, the face of the world would have been changed. Boorstin goes on to uncover the elements of accident, improvisation and contradiction at the core of American institutions and beliefs.  See more details below

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Discoverers demonstrates the truth behind the aphorism that if Cleopatra's nose had been shorter, the face of the world would have been changed. Boorstin goes on to uncover the elements of accident, improvisation and contradiction at the core of American institutions and beliefs.

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Library Journal
Librarian of Congress emeritus Boorstin (formerly history, Univ. of Chicago) presents a distillation of his ideas on the role of discovery and surprise in history. Some lesser pieces written for particular occasions and an affectionate but perceptive portrait of his father (and mother) round out this collection. The essays emphasize the unexpected as a major consequence of the path-breaking scientific discoveries and the major social, cultural, and political changes that have reshaped the Western world in the last few centuries. Boorstin delights in paradox: scientific discoveries sometimes only increase our ignorance; the new "kingdom of machines" seemingly contradicts the politics of common sense. The writing is fluid and mellow. Recommended for general and academic libraries.-Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., New York
Wall Street Journal
The scope of Boorstin's work is as broad as history itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679755180
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,189,842
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.46(d)

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