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Rendezvous with Destiny: A History of Modern American Reform


reviewed by David A. Shannon - 1953

coverTitle: Rendezvous with Destiny: A History of Modern American Reform
Author(s): Eric F. Goldman
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Books written by professors of history have seldom enjoyed wide reading in this country. By and large, American readers have preferred historical fiction or history written by nonacademic and journalistic popularizers. Judging from the way publishers promote the sales of their historical novels with pictures of hypermammillary young females, the motivation for reading the former is not entirely to quench a thirst for historical knowledge. But readers of historical nonfiction have generally avoided the academic historian in favor of the journalist for somewhat more justifiable reasons. Too many products of the seminar and the professor's cubicle have been so very narrow in scope that they have attracted only other specialists, and too many have been shunned because they are handicapped by a dull and pedestrian style. Since much of the work of the journalistic historians is lacking in scholarship, full of factual errors, imagined conversations and events, and dubious interpretations,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 54 Number 8, 1953, p. 459-459
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4948, Date Accessed: 9/22/2021 7:53:43 AM

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