Peter Novick

Peter Novick (July 26, 1934, Jersey City – February 17, 2012, Chicago) was an American historian who was Professor of History at the University of Chicago. He was best known for writing That Noble Dream: The “Objectivity Question” and the American Historical Profession and The Holocaust in American Life. The latter title has also been published as The Holocaust and Collective Memory, especially for non-US anglophonic markets.

Though deemed a precursor, Novick was a sharp critic of Norman Finkelstein, but also of his opponent Alan Dershowitz. He died in 2012 in Chicago of lung cancer.

Novick earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University, in 1957 and 1965 respectively.

Books in order of publication:

That Noble Dream: The “Objectivity Question” and the American Historical Profession – 1988

The Holocaust in American Life – 1999

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