Daniel Boorstin introduces An American Primer as ""..a book of beginnings,"" a Citizen's History of the living tradition of America. ""Historian's history is the patient, endless effort to reconstruct the dead past. But the citizen cannot wait. The world will not let him be patient."" Hence this volume of documents running in time from The Mayflower Compact of 1620 to Lyndon B. Johnson's 1965 Address on Voting Rights. Each document is introduced by an editor long familiar with it and each is assessed for its significance today. The work will appear in two volumes in a slip case and will include, in addition to a subject index, an index of significant phrases from the content. A fine contribution to public edification and inspiration, living history for a live audience.