This being a history forum and everything I thought a thread on people's favorite historians would be interesting. This is also in response to a thread on the politics forum in which David Barton's historical "scholarship" was raised. Btw, I have made my views on Barton well known in that thread. So, who are your favorite historians (any era, subject)? For me it is really easy. Mark Noll and Edwin S. Gaustad always top my list. There are others that I read, and I love original sources, but those are the top two for me. Gaustad's work on Roger Williams, on whom he has written two books, is my favorite of his works. I also enjoyed his book on Thomas Jefferson (Sworn on the Altar of God). As for Noll, well honestly, I like everything I have read from him. He has several great "over-view" books (Old Religion In A New World, History of Christianity in America and Canada, Turning Points, etc) but he has also written some fine books on more specific subjects.