I was in a bookstore earlier today and found, to my surprise and delight, that David Hackett Fischer’s Champlain’s Dream is now available. In my opinion, Dr. Fischer is simply the finest American historian working today, simply because he does so many different types of history incredibly well.
His range is considerable; he’s written about everything from early American folkways to economic trends. His research is always exhaustive, his conclusions are unfailingly provocative and insightful, and as a writer he has few equals. I particularly recommend Fischer’s two accounts of pivotal events during the Revolution: Paul Revere’s Ride and Washington’s Crossing. If you’re skeptical of the scholarly possibilities of narrative history, these two books will change your mind.
Check out Simon & Schuster’s website for Champlain’s Dream to read an excerpt.