A work of history is an abortion in the womb of the past—a historian does not merely report on the past; he tries to abort other versions of the past, and give birth to his own version. Many historians (mostly liberals and leftists) give birth to versions in which the past is denigrated, because they know that when people learn to denigrate their past, they become lifelong supporters of the liberal and leftist causes. Fortunately, the world has historians in whose works a better version of the past can be discovered.
There are several historians whose works I like; if I am asked to name my top five historians, I will give the following names:
David Hume (The History of England)
Edward Gibbon (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire)
Thomas Macaulay (The History of England)
Theodor Mommsen (History of Rome)
Nirad C. Chaudhuri (Thy Hand, Great Anarch!, Clive of India)