Originally posted on Practically Historical:

If you are looking for good books… to purchase with your holiday gift cards, consider some choices from the best historians writing today.  Good histories are informative, scholarly, and readable.  Academics may scoff at the idea of “popular” history, but well written books stand up to any and all tests.  Here are some of the best writers working today:

5.  Joseph Ellis–Founding Brothers (Pulitzer Prize)  American SphinxFirst FamilyJoe Ellis is a professor of history at Mount Holyoke college.  His books are authoritative and readable.  For instance, Founding Brothers begins with a detailed account of the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.

Look beyond the powdered wigs

4.  Eric Foner– The Fiery Trial (Pulitzer Prize)   Forever FreeFree Soil, Free Labor, Free MenWell respected in academia, Foner’s work has been reaching wider audiences the last decade.  His research on the Republican party has become the gold standard for…

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