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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year From the author of The Discoverers and The Creators, an incomparable history of man's essential question, "Who are we?"; and "Why are we here?"

Daniel J. Boorstin, the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Americans, introduces us to some of the great pioneering seekers whose faith and thought have for centuries led man's search for meaning.

Moses sought truth in God above while Sophocles looked to reason. Thomas More and Machiavelli pursued truth through social change. And in the modern age, Marx and Einstein found meaning in the sciences. In this epic intellectual adventure story, Boorstin follows the great seekers from the heroic age of prophets and philosophers to the present age of skepticism as they grapple with the great questions that have always challenged man.
©1998 Daniel J. Boorstin. Recorded with the permission of Random House, Inc. (P)1998 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"Impressive. . . . Boorstin reminds us what intellectual history on the grand scale looks like." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Delivered with . . . skill, unalloyed admiration, and a keen eye for detail" ( Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
"An admirable volume, thoroughly researched and beautifully arranged." ( Washington Times)

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