John Lukacs, in his own estimation, is much more than an ordinary historian. In what he considers his most important book, Historical Consciousness , he elaborates "not a philosophy of history but its opposite:
Francis Fukuyama offers us a most peculiar argument, which as best as I can make out goes as follows. We have learned in the twentieth century that free-market economic systems work better than centrally directed ones.
Gertrude Himmelfarb is an intellectual historian of great distinction. She has specialized in British nineteenth-century history; and her book on Lord Acton, her study of nineteenth-century thought on poverty,
The second edition of this outstanding book includes two new chapters, one of which merits extensive notice. In "World War I: The Turning Point," Ralph Raico brilliantly encapsulates the origins of the Great War,
Martin van Creveld's outstanding book traces the origin, growth, and decline of what Nietzsche termed "that coldest of all cold monsters, the state." By "state," our author means something more limited than do contemporary libertarians.