Wintersalen Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Interviews | October 28, 2014

    Jill Owens: IMG Miriam Toews: The Powells.com Interview



    Some people are compelled by a restlessness from within; others are shaped by the unwieldy forces around them. In Miriam Toews's poignant new novel... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$8.95
List price: $23.95
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Local Warehouse US History- General

More copies of this ISBN

Recovering the Past: A Historian's Memoir

by

Recovering the Past: A Historian's Memoir Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Forrest McDonald is a legend in his own time. The NEH's sixteenth Jefferson Lecturer, he is one of our most eminent historians and the author of numerous provocative works on the early American republic, the Constitution, and the American presidency. Renowned for his sly wit and iconoclasm, he is also a conservative in a mostly liberal profession, a man who believes that his discipline has been subverted by those who serve public policy agendas. He now candidly recounts and reconsiders his own career, mixing in equal measure autobiography with a sharp critique of the historical craft.

Beginning in 1949, McDonald has traversed a sometimes rocky academic road from Brown University to Wayne State and finally the University of Alabama. He rose to prominence by arguing against the popular histories of Frederick Jackson Turner and Charles Beard, and his rebuttal of the latter was published as his seminal book We the People. Recovering the Past carries forward this critical tradition with McDonald's pointed comments on fellow historians from Kenneth Stampp to William Appleton Williams, his admiration for Oscar Handlin's book Truth in History, and his distaste for the revisionism of the New Left historians who depict the American story as an epic of oppression.

"The norm is to write for one's fellow historians," he says, "but that seems to me to be wrong-headed and to result in stultifying reading. I have chosen, instead, to write for that elusive critter called the general reader, or, more precisely, for the vast number of people who genuinely love history for its own sake—which, as will become evident, I regard as eliminating a sizable majority of professional historians."

As McDonald observes, thinking historically facilitates our knowing who and where we are, and the reward of studying the past comes when one realizes how its many parts fit together. As the pieces of his own past fall together, they form a story that will engross, inform, and even gall readers seeking an inside look behind the ivied walls of academe. Recovering the Past offers an eye-opening look at one man and his discipline; more than that, it is a manifesto for those who truly care about history.

Synopsis:

Forrest McDonald is a legend in his own time. He now candidly recounts and reconsiders his own career, mixing in equal measure autobiography with a sharp critique of the historical craft.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. On the Historical Enterprise

2. The World as I Entered It

3. A New Game and a New Player

4. The Adventures of We the People

5. A Barefoot Boy in the Ivy League, and a Lot of New Players

6. The Sixties, Seventies, and a Bit Beyond

7. The Grand (?) Finale

Appendix: The Intellectual World of the Founding Fathers

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700613298
Author:
Mcdonald, Forrest
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Author:
McDonald, Forrest
Location:
Lawrence
Subject:
Educators
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
Historians
Subject:
United States Historiography.
Subject:
Historians -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Historians
Subject:
Biography-Educators
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Series Volume:
334
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
206
Dimensions:
8.74x6.04x.82 in. .89 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Edward Teller: The Real Dr. Strangelove New Hardcover $38.50
  2. Jesuit and Incas : the Extraordinary... Used Trade Paper $15.00
  3. The Biographer's Art: New Essays Used Hardcover $9.95
  4. Witching Culture: Folklore and... New Trade Paper $28.50
  5. Battle: A History of Combat and Culture Sale Trade Paper $8.98
  6. Stalinism and Nazism: History and... Used Trade Paper $9.95

Related Subjects

Biography » Educators
History and Social Science » US History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Historiography

Recovering the Past: A Historian's Memoir Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$8.95 In Stock
Product details 206 pages University Press of Kansas - English 9780700613298 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Forrest McDonald is a legend in his own time. He now candidly recounts and reconsiders his own career, mixing in equal measure autobiography with a sharp critique of the historical craft.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.