Peter Novick Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


Bresnick, Adam. “Is It Good for the Jews?” Los Angeles Times Book Review (5 September 1999): 6.

Bresnick evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of The Holocaust in American Life.

Gordon, Linda. “Comments on That Noble Dream.American Historical Review 96, no. 3 (June 1991): 683-87.

Gordon asserts that That Noble Dream is an invaluable contribution to historical scholarship, but criticizes Novick's argument for overly dichotomizing the issue of objectivity versus relativism.

Haskell, Thomas L. “Objectivity is Not Neutrality: Rhetoric vs. Practice in Peter Novick's That Noble Dream.History and Theory 29, no. 2 (May 1990): 129-57.

Haskell praises That Noble Dream as an “important and provocative book,” but disagrees with Novick's conclusions about the role of objectivity for historians.

Hexter, J. H. “Carl Becker, Professor Novick, and Me; or, Cheer Up, Professor N.!” American Historical Review 96, no. 3 (June 1991): 675-82.

Hexter offers a critique of Novick's historical argument in That Noble Dream.

Kloppenberg, James T. “Objectivity and Historicism: A Century of American Historical Writing.” American Historical Review 94, no. 4 (October 1989): 1011-30.

Kloppenberg argues that That Noble Dream has a broad appeal and should be of interest to all historians, commenting that the strength of the book lies in its success as a social history of the American historical profession.

Additional coverage of Novick's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 188, and Literature Resource Center.