31 July 2008

Historian and Writer - 2 Different Crafts

Fellow history blogger, John Maas links to an interesting article on his blog about the American public's appetite for "popular" history titles. The article John links to is titled:

"Why Historians Should Write Books Ordinary People Want to Read"

As I opined in a comment,

Rare is the good historian who is also a good writer. Therein lies the problem. There are exceptions, of course. 3 of my personal favorites are:

Douglas Southall Freeman
James I. Robertson, Jr.
David McCullough

I'd be interested in hearing which historians all you "ordinary people" like to read. "Ordinary", I assume, means non-academic. Good grief.

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