Paul  Johnson





Paul Johnson


Born
in Manchester, England, The United Kingdom
November 02, 1928

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Paul Johnson works as a historian, journalist and author. He was educated at Stonyhurst School in Clitheroe, Lancashire and Magdalen College, Oxford, and first came to prominence in the 1950s as a journalist writing for, and later editing, the New Statesman magazine. He has also written for leading newspapers and magazines in Britain, the US and Europe.

Paul Johnson has published over 40 books including A History of Christianity (1979), A History of the English People (1987), Intellectuals (1988), The Birth of the Modern: World Society, 1815—1830 (1991), Modern Times: A History of the World from the 1920s to the Year 2000 (1999), A History of the American People (2000), A History of the Jews (2001) and Art: A New History (2003) as well as bi
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“The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false. ”
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“A deliberate plan is not always necessary for the highest art; it emerges.”
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“Nothing appeals to intellectuals more than the feeling that they represent 'the people'. Nothing, as a rule, is further from the truth”
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Cleopatra A Life by Stacy Schiff Stacy SchiffStacy Schiff

Cleopatra: A Life
 
  18 votes, 10.5%

Hero The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda by Michael Korda

Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia
 
  13 votes, 7.6%

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The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War
 
  12 votes, 7.0%

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A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent
 
  12 votes, 7.0%

Alexander the Great by Philip Freeman by Philip Freeman

Alexander the Great
 
  12 votes, 7.0%

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett by Allison Hoover BartlettAllison Hoover Bartlett

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
 
  11 votes, 6.4%

 
  9 votes, 5.2%

Horse Soldiers The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan by Doug Stanton by Doug Stanton

Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers
 
  7 votes, 4.1%

The Clockwork Universe Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World by Edward Dolnickby Edward Dolnick

The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society and the Birth of the Modern World
 
  6 votes, 3.5%

A History of God The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Karen Armstrong Karen ArmstrongKaren Armstrong

A History of God: The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
 
  5 votes, 2.9%

Newton and the Counterfeiter The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist by Thomas Levensonby Thomas Levenson

Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist
 
  5 votes, 2.9%

The Idea of America Reflections on the Birth of the United States by Gordon S. Wood Gordon S. WoodGordon S. Wood

The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States
 
  4 votes, 2.3%

The Ascent of Money A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson Niall FergusonNiall Ferguson

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
 
  4 votes, 2.3%

The Painter's Chair George Washington and the Making of American Art by Hugh Howard by Hugh Howard

The Painter's Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art
 
  4 votes, 2.3%

Winston's War Churchill, 1940-1945 by Max Hastings by Max HastingsMax Hastings

Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

A History of the American People by Paul Johnson by Paul JohnsonPaul Johnson

A History of the American People
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

Decision Points by George W. Bush by George W. BushGeorge W. Bush

Decision Points
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

Churchill by Paul Johnson by Paul JohnsonPaul Johnson

Churchill
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

The Birth of Modern Politics Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828 (Pivotal Moments in American History) by Lynn Hudson Parsons by Lynn Hudson Parsons

The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams and the Election of 1828
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

U. S. Grant American Hero, American Myth by Joan Waugh Joan WaughJoan Waugh

U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

Letters from America by Alexis de Tocqueville Alexis de TocquevilleAlexis de Tocqueville

Letters from America
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy by Donald Kagan by Donald Kagan

Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

Destiny Disrupted A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary by Tamim Ansary

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George B. Johnson by George B. Johnson

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

Modern Times The World from the 20s to the 90s by Paul Johnson by Paul JohnsonPaul Johnson

Modern Times: The World from the 20s to the 90s
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

 
  2 votes, 1.2%

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith Adam SmithAdam Smith

The Wealth of Nations
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

The Union War by Gary W. Gallagher by Gary W. Gallagher

The Union War
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

The Age of Wonder How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes by Richard HolmesRichard Holmes

The Age of Wonder
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

Civilization The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson by Niall FergusonNiall Ferguson

Civilization: The West and the Rest
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

The Journey by Tony Blair Tony BlairTony Blair

The Journey
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

God's Battalions The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark Rodney StarkRodney Stark

God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

Thucydides The Reinvention of History by Donald KaganDonald Kagan

Thucydides: The Reinvention of History
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

Courage and Consequence My Life as a Conservative in the Fight by Karl Rove by Karl RoveKarl Rove

Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight
 
  1 vote, 0.6%

Party over Section The Rough and Ready Presidential Election of 1848 (American Presidential Elections) by Joel H. Silbey by Joel H. Silbey

Party Over Section: The Rough and Ready Presidential Election of 1848
 
  1 vote, 0.6%

Madam Secretary A Memoir by Madeleine Albright Madeleine AlbrightMadeleine Albright

Madam Secretary: A Memoir
 
  1 vote, 0.6%

The Theory of Moral Sentiments  by Adam Smith by Adam SmithAdam Smith

The Theory of Moral Sentiments
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Merchant Kings by Stephen R. Bown Stephen R. BownStephen R. Bown

Merchant Kings
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

A History of Christianity by Paul Johnson Paul JohnsonPaul Johnson

A History of Christianity
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

A History of the Jews (Perennial Library) by Paul Johnson Paul JohnsonPaul Johnson

A History of the Jews
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Jesus A Biography, from a Believer by Paul Johnsonby Paul JohnsonPaul Johnson


Jesus: A Biography from a Believer
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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