Jeff Riggenbach on Kenneth Roberts and History

Jeff Riggenbach kindly responded to my recent post regarding his book and his mention of Kenneth Roberts.  Here’s what he said:

Danny, just for the record:

I do not regard KR as an opportunist.  I think he wrote his novels in perfect sincerity, to reflect the view his historical research had convinced him was the truth.  I think the change in American popular opinion toward England that took place at the end of the 1930s and the beginning of the 1940s helped make him a bestselling author, but not because he made any sort of cynical effort to take advantage of it.  On the contrary, KR went right on writing what he’d always written.  When public opinion changed, he was in the right place at the right time.

JR

Thank you, Jeff, for your clarification and insight!

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