I just finished Humorists. Worth the read. I would also highly recommend his little volumes on Washington, Napoleon, and Churchill. Extended essays really - only about 120 pages each. Very impressionistic and highly selective in the anecdotes, but true to the heart of each man.
I love A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE more each time I read it. I read Johnson's biography of Jesus and his book THE QUEST FOR GOD expecting the worst. After all, Johnson is modern, British, and Catholic. But I found both those books to be spiritually edifying. He is such a delightful writer.
Sorry for the double witness. I am not sure why it happened.
Thanks for mentioning Civil War America. I did not know about it and Paul Johnson is one of my favorite authors.
As I understand it, Civil War America is the chapter out of History of the American People. That chapter was over 100 pages and most of the chapters of that book would make good stand alone works.
Ben: Actually, the book also includes a piece out of Heroes. I like having these long essays in this stand-alone for for purposes of teaching and group discussions. Much more convenient.
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