I amooks quite amused at the cultural arrogance of the Duck towards an author he has not likely bothered to read. Kenneth Roberts is not read widely and is not apt to be assigned as "high school" reading.
This site does discuss many books that we have read on a variety of topics. The Roberts books are the first deviation from the mostly historical books we tend to read and discuss at this site. No doubt the reaction of the Duck would be far different if we read and reviewed commie approved The Jungle or The Hairy Ape.
There is a bias in our schools against popular historical fashion. If the goal was to install a love of reading, basic litteracy and impart facts than Michner would probably do a better job than Arthur Miller. The value of fun sweeping epics would do more for basic education than reading that is a chore like Silas Marner.
While the Duck prattles on about "being a man of the people", he watches obscure foreign films
and views doodling as a serious art form. Sorry, but I see the value of well wrtten historical fiction as a great form of entertainment. I allready have read many books on the subjects Roberts created. I also stick with Renoir and can live without doodling.
As for those who waste their time with mendicant death cult philosophers go ahead waste time.
My focus is on history and facts. If gassy long winded theories floats your boat fine. I will stick with our founding fathers and doccuments.