[SIGCIS-Members] _History Hunting_ by James Cortada

Dave Walden dave.walden.family at gmail.com
Thu Jun 21 06:24:53 PDT 2012

I heard about _History Hunding:  A Guide for Fellow Adventurers_ last Friday.
I ordered a copy from Amazon Saturday and it arrived the day before 
I have now read it, and I recommend it to you.
The book is partially a memoir of Cortada's life as a historian, 
partially a how-to book, and partially a statement of what Cortada 
believes are the proper roles of history and historians.  (This is my 
summary, not his.)
As an amateur historian of computing history, I think the book is wonderful.
It is fun and easy to read.  It is educational.  It is inspirational !
I suspect it would be an outstanding book to assign to college 
students of history who have not yet decided whether to follow the 
academic tenure track approach to history or find some other way to 
do history while following a less prescribed career path.
The book also discusses how historians in the academy might 
participate in bigger, less individual history pursuits.
It is very complimentary to librarians, archivists, used bookstore 
owners, etc., as people who can help historians.
Reading the book is going to adjust somewhat my approach to "doing history."

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