Eloquent, fiercely argumentative and extremely cognizant, these are the traits that describe, A.J.P. Taylor, one of the greatest historians and popular journalists of the past century. Known for his excellent oratory skills, he was a media favorite at one point and was one of the early scholars to be seen on television. His debates, though controversial, were marked by humor and sarcasm which made contributed to his popularity. A historian at heart, he wanted the world to know about the past, especially the history of Europe, in order to understand the present in a better way. As a journalist, he used to write columns for a number of leading newspapers, before venturing into radio and television. Soon, he became a panelist and was often seen in all the major debates. He spent his entire life, speaking for and against the strategies and policies of the government(s). Also, in the meantime, he used to write and teach, as a historian. Despite his busy life, he was able to find time to write which he did with a great deal of passion. Most of his books were best-sellers, as his style of writing, like his speech, was absorbing. To learn more about this great scholar, read the biography below.