In 1980, in the Times Magazine, Barbara Tuchman published an essay entitled “The Decline of Quality,” in which she explained in the gentlest and most disinterested way possible why it was.
Tuchman is one of the great American Historians of the 20th Century. The topics she has researched and then written about covers much of the history of Europe since the 1400s (the black death) to the present. This is a very interesting collection of essays on history. Tuchman is a great editor as well as a historian.