Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Historians in the news

Reviewing Niall Ferguson's Empire some years ago, I wrote: "If historians can be “hot,” the hottest one in the world today is Niall Ferguson." Little did I know.

Ferguson has just splashily left his wife Sue Douglas, a politically-connected journalist in Britain, for Somali-born writer and feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. This follows, allegedly, a string of affairs for Ferguson, whose historical income is said to run at $10 million a year, and of whom a fellow historian said, ‘He has the kind of face you want to punch.’

Hirsi Ali? A "friend" said, "She’s gorgeous, but with a fatwa, it’s tricky to find guys."

Daily Mail story here -- first time we've linked there.
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