Conventional Wisdom

TITLE: THE CREATORS

+ AUTHOR: DANIEL J. BOORSTIN

PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE; 811 PAGES; $30

THE BOTTOM LINE: An eminent historian's guide to culture is ambitious but disappointing.

MANKIND'S RECORD OF INVENtion and discovery is an unfinished epic of awe and wonder. In his widely (and justly) praised The Discoverers (1983), historian Daniel J. Boorstin narrated with scholarly elan the saga of man's quest for knowledge of the world and himself. Now he has essayed what his book's subtitle calls "a history of heroes of the imagination." The Creators' range is impressive, from the Vedic hymns of ancient India to the modern...

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