Sunday, May 18, 2008

One history book to miss

Writing in the New Republic, virtuoso American historian Alan Taylor demolishes Richard Kluger's Seizing Destiny: How America Grew from Sea to Shining Sea. The review's an education in itself, but if you're in the market for some good historical work for background or general education, allow me to suggest what Taylor can't: one of his mesmerizing and meticulous books, like William Cooper's Town, or American Colonies, or The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution. I couldn't put 'em down.

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