Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Favorite Paul Johnson Books

1. Modern Times
2. The Birth of the Modern
3. To Hell with Picasso
4. Intellectuals
5. Art: A New History
6. Civil War America
7. Churchill
8. Jesus
9. Humorists
10. Heroes
11. Creators

7 comments:

Rob said...

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.

Ben said...

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.

Ben said...

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.

Ben said...

Sorry for the double witness. I am not sure why it happened.

Theresa said...

Thanks for mentioning Civil War America. I did not know about it and Paul Johnson is one of my favorite authors.

Ben said...

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.

George Grant said...

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.