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Initial post: Nov 13, 2012 7:14:59 PM PST
Karin Lib says:
This is my first time posting in the History Forum, so forgive me if the question as been answered several times. For those have done a lot of reading in history, who are some of the best American History writers within the last 60 years or so.

I have read McCullough and like his style.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 7:49:40 PM PST
Manchester, but he writes about many things. Great bio's. Sandberg's Lincoln. Outstanding. No one, and I mean no one, has done it better.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 8:25:17 PM PST
the only history writer that i ever liked at all was
david kahn

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 6:14:28 AM PST
Karin Lib says:
Do you mean David Kahn, the military guy?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 7:02:30 AM PST
david kahn the editor of a new york newspaper
wrote the code breakers
sort of a good ww2 (and earlier) history book

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 8:22:02 AM PST
Just a handful of books I've found both informative and "good reads". Presumably that is an indication for the authors' other works.

The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln

Killing the White Man's Indian: Reinventing Native Americans at the End of the Twentieth Century

1794: America, Its Army, and the Birth of a Nation

Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 1:08:12 PM PDT
In an attempt to derail the BS threads and deemphasize them ... BUMP

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2013 6:28:18 PM PDT
Annie M. says:
For historical events, that are not all about war, I like Erik Larson's books and also Jon Krakauer.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 7:01:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 9, 2013 5:14:00 AM PDT
Conoscere la storiografia Ť molto importante, ma fondamentale Ť conoscere la filosofia della storia. Purtroppo, attualmente, la filosofia della storia desta solo sospetti per il contenuto ideologico di tutte le filosofie della storia note e data la condanna della storia di queste filosofie della storia e la loro comprovata fallacia. Occorre, pertanto, proporre una filosofia della storia che abbia le caratteristiche euristiche di una teoria scientifica. Propongo di vedere:

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2013 1:20:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 8, 2013 1:21:31 PM PDT
F. Gleaves says:
David Kahn also wrote "Seizing the Enigma", which uses newly available info to create what I think is the most thorough published history of the breaking of the Enigma code. Thoroughly Interesting as well - to me at least!

It took seizing the extra code wheels from a couple sinking U-boats to break the Naval version of the code, which enjoyed better operations security than the Army and Luftwaffe versions.

David Kahn also has a Ph.D. in Modern History from Oxford, which might impress some more than his being an editor at Newsday.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2013 2:02:29 PM PDT
John M. Lane says:
That's a huge question, Karin Lib. I have found a lot of good history authors and a lot of bad ones.

It depends upon what aspect of history interests you.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 10:02:58 AM PDT
Nathaniel Philbrick

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 11:27:08 AM PDT
Roger Weston says:
I enjoyed Death in the Baltic: The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff by Cathryn Prince.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 9:28:48 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 28, 2014 6:13:47 AM PST
Mickey says:
I do like Eugene Genovese.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 6:39:04 AM PST
James McPherson "Battle Cry of Freedom".

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 6:49:31 AM PST
Debunker says:
Thomas Fleming, Joseph P. Ellis, Ron Chernow, David Hackett Fischer.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 12:28:03 AM PST
kimsf23 says:
Kkkkkkk (((

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 1:41:18 PM PDT
S. RUSSELL says:
Rick Atkinson's trilogy on the European Theater in WWii.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2014 1:49:17 PM PDT
Mickey says:
I like Eugene Genovese, although many dismiss him because he was a Marxist before his conversion to Catholicism.

That doesn't mean I uncritically accept everything he ever said.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 4:08:39 PM PDT
Gregory G. says:
Hi everyone,

Oldies but still goodies;
Barbara Tuchman
*The Guns of August*
*The Proud Tower*
*A Distant Mirror*
*The March of Folly*

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 10:48:54 PM PDT
briefcandle says:
Eagle against the Sun
Battle Cry of Freedom
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