The Americans, Vol. 1: The Colonial Experience

The Americans, Vol. 1: The Colonial Experience

Winner of the Bancroft Prize. "A superb panorama of life in America from the first settlements on through the white hot days of the Revolution." - Bruce Lancaster, Saturday Review...

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Title:The Americans, Vol. 1: The Colonial Experience
Author:Daniel J. Boorstin
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Genres:History
ISBN:The Americans 1: The Colonial Experience
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:434 pages pages

The Americans, Vol. 1: The Colonial Experience Reviews

  • David
    Dec 09, 2012
    This book is the first of a trilogy by Daniel Boorstin. The book takes the reader through an in-depth analysis of life in pre-revolutionary America. Compared to more recent history books, this one is a bit dry, but nevertheless very interesting, and comprehensive in scope. The book sho...
  • Jennifer
    Mar 09, 2012
    Wonderful, though long book. Told of history you don't always learn in school. Fascinating facts. ...
  • Trish
    Aug 16, 2017
    This book is rather dry and, I believe, was intended to be a text book. I waded through and parts were rather interesting. The author explains why the conditions unique to the United States shaped who and what the U.S. Is today. ...
  • Jim
    Aug 01, 2015
    This is a remarkable book about colonial life in America, presented in a fashion quite unlike most history books provide. Boorstin looks at various aspects of life - religion, literacy and literature, the press, the military - and examines them in turn, and paints a picture of life in ...
  • Monica
    Mar 21, 2018
    this took a while to finish but it is well worth the time ...
  • Jeanette
    Jan 14, 2018
    Highlights for me included: -Puritans in New England "were less interested in theology itself, then in the application of theology to everyday life, and especially to society. ...The Puritans in the wilderness away from Old World centers of learning, far from great university librarie...
  • Mike Pouy
    Mar 21, 2008
    This is the first of Boorstin's "The Americans" trilogy. More than just a repeat of the history we learned in junior high, this is an insightful look at Colonial America from discovery up to the Revolution. I recommend reading the whole trilogy, in order. ...
  • Kevin
    Aug 08, 2008
    First read(scanned) this book for my 11th grade American Civilization/ English class. Got through it. I picked it up again about a year ago and really got into it. Was really impressed with how disparate the circumstances under which the various colonies were founded, and how that effe...
  • Becky
    Aug 13, 2009
    What a difference just one book can make in your knowledge and understanding of something. This one definitely did it for me and American history. Funny thing is this was just the first of three books in The Americans trilogy written by Daniel J. Boorstin. On that note, what a differen...
  • David Erickson
    Aug 07, 2010
    The first book in Daniel Boorstin's historic trilogy about the American experience provides a panoramic view of early American life, from the Puritans settling in Massachusetts Bay to the plantation farmers of Virginia. A great book for understanding some of the forces that shaped ...
  • Godlarvae
    Jul 27, 2016
    I can add nothing that hasn't been already noted in other reviews. This a tour de force by Brother Boorstin that brings reality to those days so long ago when America was clearly a magnificent experiment. Our geography, our settlers, our national background is so entirely different fro...
  • Ron
    May 23, 2019
    Read as part of a history class in college. ...
  • Vivian
    May 02, 2012
    If you're in the mood to go behind the scenes of Pre-Revolutionary America, this is a good place to start. For example, many colonies were founded by particular religious sects. But did the members of these sects have what it took to govern effectively? The answers may surprise you. Di...
  • Amy Moritz
    Aug 18, 2018
    As I make my way through The St. Bonaventure 39, it took me a bit of the summer to get through this work on the colonial experience. It's a dense work and Daniel Boorstin loves to use exact quotes from writings from the colonial period which, in all honesty, takes me some time to work ...
  • Aaron Crofut
    Mar 21, 2017
    Boorstin's book is like going to a reenactment without having to leave your house. In this beautifully written work, he lays out the facts of colonial life as the average colonial would have understood it, and then draws out important conclusions about how those facts impacted the grea...
  • C. Patrick
    Aug 03, 2013
    This is one of the finest books of history I have read in some time. Boorstin's thesis is that the development of many of America's institutions and practices are not wholly a result of what was transplanted from Europe, but rather shaped by the nature of the environment the early colo...
  • Stephen
    Jul 04, 2015
    Daniel Boorstin?s The Americans delivers a cultural history of the American colonies, beginning first with profiles on the disparate groups that settled on the eastern seaboard (Puritans, Quakers, and Cavaliers), and then following the growth of American religion, law, and education ...
  • pnutbutterprincess
    Mar 26, 2017
    While I have never had a huge passion for history, I do find it interesting occasionally. When I saw this volume on sale as an e-book and was trying to find a new genre to read, I decided to pick it up. Although I feel like I have a broad knowledge of American history over this time...
  • Justine Stornetta
    Jul 13, 2018
    Entertaining style but so very short sighted and often racist. It refers to Native Americans throughout as savages and almost never refers to individuals or tribes by name. It conveniently leaves out the atrocities committed by settlers while Natives are painted as perpetual aggressors...
  • Lynn Tait
    Jul 27, 2016
    Fascination in depth history of the colonies, newspapers, book printing ties with England, politics, the Quakers and Puritans. This is the 1st of 3 books. ...
  • Norene
    Apr 09, 2019
    Very boring ...
  • Maria
    Dec 15, 2012
    Boorstin is an incredible writer. I was not a history major but this book makes me wish I had been. Even though it is over 50 years old and some revisionism certainly is in order (few achievements by women, Native Americans, or African Americans are mentioned)I have learned so much abo...
  • Kyle
    Oct 22, 2015
    The Colonial Experience provides interesting perspectives on the period. Boorstin posits that the challenges of frontier life and physical distance from Europe created a unique incubator for a new society. His topical approach deals with political/religious institutions, intellectual d...
  • Mark Greenbaum
    Apr 20, 2018
    A social and cultural comparison of Puritan (Mass), Quaker (Penn), Tidewater (Va), and Southern (Geog) states, an exploration of American self-reliance, an assessment of early education institutions, a discussion of how colonial doctors and scientists thrived (and didn't), a terrific a...
  • David
    Nov 02, 2016
    This award winning book by someone I never heard of changed how I select books to read. The first three chapters were fascinating. They addressed the problems of the first new England settlers who had arrived in a cold, rocky place and were now imprisoned by the Atlantic ocean. One cha...
  • Hunter McCleary
    Jul 22, 2015
    14 The colonies were a disproving ground for utopias. 21 Roger Williams influence on John Milton. 32 Central role of sermons as they were the only form of entertainment. 40 Puritans were reliving the Exodus. 60 Puritans believed the Indians were cohorts of the devil. 66 Quakers an...
  • Boris
    Aug 24, 2017
    You will most likely learn something new from this comprehensive and occasionally lively collection of essays on the life in the 13 original colonies. Even though some chapters are, strangely, mostly speculation not supported by too many facts, there is plenty of fascinating material i...
  • Daniel
    Apr 23, 2017
    Heralded as "the winner of the Bancroft Prize," this doesn't speak well for the Bancroft Prize. I cannot remember reading a nonfiction account of any chapter of American history which consists of more didactic dribble, more tripe, more utter garbage than Daniel Boorstin's "The American...
  • Sean Ditmore
    Feb 07, 2018
    I decided to pick up "The Colonial Experience" after reading "The Genius of American Politics", which I really enjoyed. This is the first volume of Boorstin's social history of the American people, and while it can occasionally become tedious in its fascination with the trivial, there ...
  • Whiskey
    Jan 22, 2019
    The American Colonies survived and thrived due to pragmatism. Daniel J. Boorstin (1914-2004), Librarian of Congress, was a great 20th Century historian who popularized intellectual history. ?The Colonial Experience? is the first in his America Trilogy about American intellectual h...