Friday, April 13, 2007
More on Roberts
Further to my post below on the New Republic's hit on Andrew Roberts ....
Thinking about the incident this afternoon, I became curious: Who was this Johann Hari fellow anyway? Given that he felt free to dismiss Andrew Roberts (winner of the 1999 Wolfson prize for history - a prize won the previous year by Antony Beevor and the year after by Ian Kershaw and judged by a panel that includes Keith Thomas , Richard Evans , and David Cannadine ) as a "little-known historian" "mocked by almost all serious historians," I had to think that Hari himself must be a man of seriously impressive intellectual qualifications.
It turns out that he is the author of a single gossipy book about the royal family, which has been praised by another gossip columnist as "like eating a whole box of chocolates in one go."
This is the man to whom the New Republic entrusts the task of deciding what is and what is not well-regarded history? I really do have to think that Leon Weiseltier has taken a very, very long vacation.
04/13 06:47 PM