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Max BootIs there a finer student of American history writing today than David Hackett Fischer? If so, I don't know who it would be…Fischer is not a prose stylist to rival the great popular historians—the Barbara Tuchmans, Shelby Footes and David McCulloughs. Arguably he is not a popular historian at all but simply an academic who has reached a wide audience. Yet even when he writes books of doorstop heft, as he invariably does, his plain, unadorned style is never dry or boring, in part because he so often sprinkles intriguing ideas into the narrative.
—The New York Times