Perhaps I’ve missed it, but doesn’t David McCollough deserve a mention as an important – and prolific – writer of American history? I’ve thoroughly enjoyed several of his books without sensing a political bias of any kind.
Yep. Again, I don’t think McCullough is conservative in any NR sense. But he’s also responsible for the popular revival of two semi-forgotten presidents, Harry Truman and John Adams. Truman was a true anti-Communist cold warrior, also a Democrat who would not have meshed well with today’s liberals; Adams was arguably our most conservative founding father. Whatever his own politics, McCullough has had a kind of conservative influence on our country’s understanding of itself.