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Conservative History, cont.

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It may not constitute history from a conservative point of view but I have tried for many years to inspire children to read Churchill’s “History of the English Speaking Peoples” as a good overview of an aspect of western civilization.

Good choice. A number of years ago, when we published a ranking of the best non-fiction books of the 20th century, Churchill topped the list (for his WW2 volumes). In fact, the list is a good guide for readers of quality nonfiction.

Also, another e-mailer says that Stephen Ambrose belongs in our discussion. Agreed. I wouldn’t call him a conservative in the movement sense of the term; he’s more of an Ike Republican. I recall his support of Colin Powell for president. More important than these distinctions, he’s a high-quality historian of America.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.