Wednesday, August 1, 2012

This Week's "Anxious Bench" Post at Patheos: "Being a Historian"

James Banner’s Being a Historian: An Introduction to the Professional World of History should be required reading for every first-year student enrolled in a history graduate program.  There is no other book like it.

Banner is a history veteran.  He taught at Princeton from 1966 to 1980 and then left to start the American Association for the Advancement of the Humanities.  He co-founded the History News Service (where he shepherded some of my first attempts to write op-eds) and the National History Center.  I can’t think of a better person to write an introduction to the historical profession.  Banner has done it all.

Rather than writing a formal review of the book, I have chosen, fitting with the blog format, to focus my attention on a few pertinent points.  I hope this quick and dirty analysis will prompt you to pick the book up.

Read the rest here.