American Heritage Celebrates Fifty Years

The 50th anniversary issue of American Heritage purports to provide the “definitive guide to the greatest books” about the country’s past. The lists are uneven and sometimes odd, but interesting.

Max Byrd selects ten historical novels, including Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop, E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime, Conrad Richter’s The Trees, and Gore Vidal’s Lincoln. Richard Brookhiser includes Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery and Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast on his list of the best ten biographies.


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