Wednesday, March 04, 2009

History's Tall Poppies

Niall Ferguson, noted here recently for the recognition he's been garnering as perhaps the most influential historian working today, gets some cutting down and some defending. He is not "what the French call un homme serieux." Peter Blaikie writes in a letter to the Globe & Mail.
He lacks bottom. In fact, Mr. Ferguson is a product of much of what led to the current financial crisis. He is a celebrity historian, a rock-star historian, a 15-second sound-bite historian,
But history prof Graham Taylor fires back, noting all the big serious histories of business he has written, even though it is true that "he has produced a number of books directed at popular audiences."

A list of the books Niall Ferguson has published: here.
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