Nicholas D. Rosen (ndrosen ) wrote,

T.R. Fehrenbach RIP

I noticed T.R. Fehrenbach's obituary earlier this week. Fehrenbach, in case you are not familiar with his work, was a historian with a talent for colorful prose and the ability to tell vivid stories. He served in World War Two and then in Korea, and later wrote This Kind of War, a classic account of the Korean War. I remember reading it when I was college-age; a little later, I was going to Texas to pursue graduate studies at UT Austin, which provided an excellent excuse to read Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans, and Fire and Blood: A History of Mexico. I think I first read Comanches: The Destruction of a People while in Texas.

There's more, but I'm not going to attempt a full bibliography. Suffice it to say that, while I do not always agree with Fehrenbach's judgements, he was both a serious historian and a literary master. Honor his memory and give yourself a treat by reading some of his books.
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