Cleopatra's Nose : Essays on the Unexpected

Cleopatra's Nose : Essays on the Unexpected

Book - 1994
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Random House, Inc.
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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Baker & Taylor
A new collection of essays by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Discoverers explores the themes of discovery, paradox, and surprise in history, from ancient times to the technologically advanced world of the present. 17,500 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
This provocative new collection of essays by a Pulitzer Prize winner deals with the challenging themes of discovery and surprise in history.
Cleopatra's Nose is not a miscellany but rather a selection of recent essays illustrating specific subjects that have preoccupied Boorstin for several decades. Tantalizing themes all: How sometimes discovery only increases our ignorance. What were the specific historical opportunities in the New World? How has the fourth kingdom - the kingdom of machines - contradicted Darwinian expectations, contributed to a confusion of statistics, created the need for the unnecessary, and highlighted the paradoxes of science and the politics of common sense? In a "personal postscript," Boorstin gives us a memorable and affectionate portrait of his father and optimistically celebrates the United States as the Land of the Unexpected.

Baker
& Taylor

A collection of essays explores the themes of discovery, paradox, and surprise in history, from ancient times to the technologically advanced world of the present

Publisher: Random House, c1994
ISBN: 9780679435051
0679435050
Branch Call Number: 909 Boo
Additional Contributors: Boorstin, Ruth Frankel.

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