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Something great is quietly happening in the history department these days

The other day, sitting out on my lawn reading, as is my late afternoon practice, it occurred to me that I have been reading a lot of great history lately.

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The other day, sitting out on my lawn reading, as is my late afternoon practice, it occurred to me that I have been reading a lot of great history lately. Maybe this is in part because lately I have been willing to pay hardcover prices for good new books.

But mainly I think it is happening because a lot of good history is being done nowadays. It is as if younger historians have seen the example provided by James McPherson and David Hackett Fischer of combining rigorous research with solid narrative. Here are some of the books that provoked this thought:

— Comanche Empire

The other day, sitting out on my lawn reading, as is my late afternoon practice, it occurred to me that I have been reading a lot of great history lately. Maybe this is in part because lately I have been willing to pay hardcover prices for good new books.

But mainly I think it is happening because a lot of good history is being done nowadays. It is as if younger historians have seen the example provided by James McPherson and David Hackett Fischer of combining rigorous research with solid narrative. Here are some of the books that provoked this thought:

— Comanche Empire

— Gunpowder Age

— Gray Fox

— Braddock’s Defeat

I think I first heard of some of these books from some of youse, so thank you.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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