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Old 09-10-2020, 11:15 AM   #1
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Best History By A Non-Historian!

I recently watch Ken Burns' wonderful documentary Civil War. It featured novelist-cum-historian Shelby Foote (now deceased). His three-volume, 1.5 million word long history, The Civil War, is thought to be the best account of the US civil war by a non-academic historian.

Does anyone else know of any other such claim in any other area of history?
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Old 09-12-2020, 11:10 PM   #2
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Re: Best History By A Non-Historian!

Edward Gibbon......
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Old 09-15-2020, 07:55 AM   #3
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FTW. Wow. Who would have thought it? Thanks for this.
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Old 09-15-2020, 10:30 AM   #4
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Re: Best History By A Non-Historian!

Always loved Barbara Mertz approach to Egypt in "Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs" where she speculates and editorializes, but in a fun way. She employs this same kind of fervor in fiction as well. With several other nom de plumes.
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Old 09-16-2020, 10:14 AM   #5
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Re: Best History By A Non-Historian!

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History is pretty great if you ask me, and he routinely reminds the listener that he is not a historian, just a fan of history.
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:16 PM   #6
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Re: Best History By A Non-Historian!

An honourable mention should be made of Winston Churchill's A History Of The English-Speaking Peoples if only because I no of only one other attempt to cover the same ground but a later period and Churchill's 4 volume set was well received both commercially and critically.
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