An Officer and a Professor

The best way to master history is to live through it. Michael Howard’s Captain Professor speaks to the past and present.

Issue: Nov-Dec 2007

Michael Howard, Captain Professor: The Memoirs of Sir Michael Howard (New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2006), 221 pp., $44.95.

IN RECENT decades, a British invasion has been taking place in American academia. One history department after another has welcomed scholars from across the pond to instruct and enlighten Americans about the past. Some of the prize catches include Paul Kennedy, Simon Schama, Linda Colley, Jonathan Spence and, most recently, Niall Ferguson. But perhaps no one has occupied a more prominent position than Sir Michael Howard.

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