Monday, March 30, 2009

Ten Best History Books?

The British newspaper The Independent publishes "The Ten Best History Books." (click on the headline above for the link)

How many of the ten best has this wellread historian read? Um. Well, actually.... actually, zero.

I tell myself this is more to do with the rich diversity of historical writing and the insularity of the Brits. And one's on my to-read list, and yes, some of the others sound interesting.

Note the Canadian on the list: Katherine Aschenburg's Clean, published here as The Dirt on Clean.

Speaking of Top Ten Lists, you probably know, you erudite people, that The Guardian online regularly invites writers of all kinds to produce Top Ten Book List on all kinds of intriguing and eccentric topics. Rather more appealing than this absolute top ten thing The Independent seems to be doing
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