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Daniel J. Boorstin
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    (October 1, 1914-February 28, 2004)
    Born in Atlanta, Georgia
    Historian
    Wrote 'The Americans: The Colonial Experience' (1958), 'The Americans: The National Experience' (1965), 'The Americans: The Democratic Experience' (1973), 'Democracy and Its Discontents' (1974), 'The Discoverers' (1983), 'The Creators' (1992) and 'The Seekers' (1998)
    Librarian of Congress (1975-87)
    Won the Pulitzer Prize for history (1974)
    He joined the Communist Party (1938-39).
    He named names for the House Un-American Activities Committee (1953).
    He ticked off black leaders when he called black studies programs 'racist trash.'
    He wore dweebish bow ties.
    As Librarian of Congress, he avoided doing personal work on government time by writing his books between 4:30 and 9 AM.
    He made the Library of Congress much more accessible to the public.
    He defined a celebrity as 'a person who is known for his well-knowness.'
    He said of Ruth Frankel, his wife of 63 years and editor, 'Without her, I think my works would have been twice as long and half as readable.'

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