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Subject: Who is your favorite Historian?
Date Posted: 12/26/2009 11:31 PM ET
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I am not really sure I have a favorite yet But John Hope Franklin is one and William Loren Katz is another. William more so for opening us up to the relation ship between the Seminole Indians 

and African Americans. 

Date Posted: 12/27/2009 4:23 PM ET
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On a world scale, I go with Fernand Braudel. Of American historians, Richard Hofstadter was very good and Halberstam even better. Halberstam wrote so well that it was really a weakness, as it could dazzle and distract from the actual subject matter.

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 6:03 PM ET
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Favorites are:

  • Barbara Tuchman, especially Guns of August
  • Bruce Catton, for his Civil War histories
  • David Hackett Fischer
  • Ron Chernow
Date Posted: 1/8/2010 9:27 PM ET
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As a C.S. Lewis fan, I was really surprised to find that G.M. Treveleyan was his history teacher in college.  I have his series on the history of England, which I look forward to reading!

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 1:24 PM ET
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A few I've enjoyed in the past (I have an MA in history):

Richard White

Donald J. Pisani

Eric Foner

Stephen J. Pyne

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 2/28/2010 10:18 AM ET
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I love Steve Ambrose, Ron Chernov,Simon Winchesterand Brian Fagan.

Date Posted: 4/24/2010 1:09 PM ET
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Norman Cantor; he's brilliant, odd, crotchety, and of course he's a medievalist. I also find myself reading an awful lot of Malcolm Barber and Edward Peters, too.

Date Posted: 4/30/2010 9:18 PM ET
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Here are a few I've enjoyed.

Michael Grant
Donald Kagan
Shelby Foote
Roland Huntford
Christopher Hibbert
Victor Davis Hanson

Date Posted: 5/11/2010 9:01 AM ET
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I have to admit that I know very very few historials by name (probably know more by sight because of the large amount of time watching the History Channel LOL). Of those I do know, Shelby Foote is by far my favorite. I've read both his non-fiction and fiction books. It was a sad day when he passed away.

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 9:04 AM ET
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I love Joseph Ellis (Pulitzer Prize winner) because he neither deifies or crucifies the founding fathers. I love American History, and am on my 3 rd. book of his. Although all books of this nature can be a little dry, I find his writing thought provoking.

So far I've read "His Excellency George Washington" & "Founding Brothers". I'm currently reading "Triumphs and Tragedies" and will read "American Sphinx" (Thomas Jefferson) next."

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 11:22 AM ET
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Ellis is really good, as good as anyone writing American History today. To me, the one he wrote on John Adams is his best. It caused me to somewhat revise my opinions of Jefferson in particular,also Ben Franklin. I don't like any of my stuff to be "lite," so to me the details, the documentation, are what gives it credence. cool

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 9:05 PM ET
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Ellis is definitely my favorite. American Creation will always stayon my bookshelf. I also like Shelby Foote. And although some of his work has come into question I like Ambrose as well. I wouldnt put him in the same class as the first two I mentioned but Undaunted Courage is my favorite Lewis and Clark book.

Tom E.



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