Archives: Nathaniel Philbrick

Rick Atkinson turns his attention to the American Revolution

May 18, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books.

One of the great popular historians of our day — certainly in a league with David McCullough and Nathaniel Philbrick — is Rick Atkinson, whose An Army at Dawn won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2002. That book was the first of three about fighting in Africa and Europe during World War II. They all are some of the best reading about • Read More »

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Benedict Arnold, explained but not excused

October 12, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, history, journalism, writers.

Nathaniel Philbrick‘s Valient Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution. explains–but does not excuse–Benedict Arnold. And the explanation is an important part of the history of the American Revolution. And, therefore, it is important for Americans to hear and understand. Philbrick is a top-flight historian whose narrative prose makes any topic he tackles readable • Read More »

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The United States has always been divided in its thinking — even before it was the United States

September 30, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, history, journalism.

The deep divisions in America’s current political culture undoubtedly pose serious and difficult problems for the long-term health of the nation, but they need to be set in some context. The truth is that the United States of America has never been united except on the most basic of principles (equal justice, free speech, etc.). • Read More »

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