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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780679755180
ISBN-10: 0679755187
Format: Paperback
(222mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 210
Imprint: Random House USA Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 31-Oct-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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