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jan 21, 2008, 1:26 pm

has anyone read Albion's Seed or Paul Revere's Ride (both by David Hackett Fischer)? Any preference for which to tackle first?

jan 21, 2008, 2:57 pm

Well, I've read both, and they're both certainly worth reading. (As are his Washington's Crossing and his The Great Wave (though I seem to be stuck in the later, and haven't yet finished that one...).)

Albion's Seed is much broader in scope, and I don't know what the academic response to his thesis has been.

Paul Revere's Ride is certainly both an interesting biography and an interesting outline of Revere's society.

Given a "a or b?" choice like this, my instinct usually is to go with the shorter book.

jan 22, 2008, 11:01 am

I'll second that Washington's Crossing is worth reading -- it's the only book of his that I've read (though I think I have Albion's Seed in those boxes that got hauled off to storage when I hauled off to let the apartment be renovated).

jan 24, 2008, 9:54 pm

I've read six of his books; to me they have all been worthwhile, but certainly some are more readable than others. I thought Paul Revere's Ride was the *most* readable and I would put Washington's Crossing second. But every serious book I have read on American history cites Albion's Seed, which is what drew me to it. I found it extremely rewarding, and also find myself quite frequently drawing from the information it imparted. It doesn't read like an adventure book, however, which I think the first two do, in spite of being meticulously researched and footnoted. So I would vote for Paul Revere's Ride as a first encounter with Fischer.

feb 17, 2008, 12:27 pm

I've only read Washington's Crossing, which I liked quite a lot. I read it directly after McCullough's 1776, and the two made excellent companions.