More on Writing History for the Trade Press

Jill Lepore’s New Yorker article came to mind again this morning:

For me, it’s a wonderfully incisive, insightful, and pointed commentary on writing good history, especially for a general audience. I’ve also been kind of following the mixed reviews for  this new book:

American Queen

The review in the New York Times suggests that a major weakness of the book is how the author fails to deal effectively with history, in particular women’s history–issues most academic historians would be very familiar with.

This is similar to the issue Lepore raised several years ago.

So that’s what I’m thinking about this Sunday.

One thought on “More on Writing History for the Trade Press

  1. Hello, thank you for bringing my book to the attention of your readers and followers. If anyone is interested in seeing other reviews of the book, they can be seen at the Amazon site:–Civil-Gilded-Scandal/dp/0306822806/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

    Since those are snippets, fuller excerpts may be seen at my website:

    The actual full reviews can also be easily found by googling the various publications and the book’s title and my name, should anyone desire.

    Thank you for this opportunity.

    John Oller


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