Phoenixville resident Dr. John Lukacs, the renowned historian and iconoclast who produced a substantial and usually despondent body of writings on Western culture, has died at 95, according to a report from The Washington Post.
The Hungarian-born Lukacs was considered a maverick among historians. In a profession with a clear liberal majority, he was consistently critical of the left, as well as the cultural revolution of the 1960s.
He was not satisfied with the modern conservative movement, either. He opposed the Iraq War and disliked the “puerile” tradition, seemingly started by Ronald Reagan, of presidents returning military salutes.
“John Lukacs is well known not so much for speaking truth to power as speaking truth to audiences he senses have settled into safe and unexamined opinions,” wrote John Willson, a professor emeritus of history at Hillsdale College in Michigan.
Lukacs authored more than 30 books, covering topics such as his native country, 20th-century American history, and the meaning of history.
He also wrote several works on his hero, Winston Churchill, including the bestseller Five Days in London.
Read more about John Lukacs in The Washington Post here.