Do you have any interest in reading history books? If no, why not? If yes, what

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  1. Freeway Flyer profile image84
    Freeway Flyerposted 10 years ago

    Do you have any interest in reading history books? If no, why not? If yes, what kinds of books?

  2. dahoglund profile image76
    dahoglundposted 10 years ago

    I read a lot of history, especially American history and the frontier.

  3. Millercl profile image67
    Millerclposted 10 years ago

    Yes! History, if told well, is often as entertaining as fiction. I like the surveys that people put out. Huge tomes on the world as they understood it. It really helps put times and dates into perspective.

  4. JKenny profile image90
    JKennyposted 10 years ago

    Yes, I especially love reading any History books ranging from prehistory to the modern era. But I especially love reading about the Romans, the Medieval era and the Napoleonic era. I also agree with Millerci, reading history can be as entertaining as fiction.

  5. profile image67
    Lance Olsenposted 10 years ago

    We all need to learn from history to avoid making the same mistakes that our forefathers made.

    I've answered this question in detail in an interview -- … eat%29.php

  6. jaskar profile image69
    jaskarposted 10 years ago

    I enjoy reading cold war interpretations aswell as anything on military history.
    history is a deep deep DEEP well of knowledge that too few people venture within.

  7. JamaGenee profile image83
    JamaGeneeposted 10 years ago

    I *love* history books! Pretty much doesn't matter what period. Same for biographies, which are simply "history" in a different form. But then I AM a family historian. Any serious genealogist will tell you it's absolutely impossible NOT to be awash in history when climbing a family tree.

  8. alancaster149 profile image81
    alancaster149posted 10 years ago

    British history was built on disasters and heroic failures from Aethelred's time to Maggie's. Thanks to Tony Bliar we're back in Afghanistan (last time was a disaster in the early 1920's). read more

  9. alancaster149 profile image81
    alancaster149posted 10 years ago

    Hello Freeway Flyer - I started off answering your question and before I knew it Hubpages flagged me to make a Hub of it! So your answer is on: FROM VIKINGS TO TALIBAN - we should be better at picking our sparring partners!

  10. goosegreen profile image63
    goosegreenposted 10 years ago

    History is one of my passions. It is amazing how many mistakes are repeated in spite of the advancement of technology. Perhaps the presidential candidates should read up on The Wiemar republic & the Vietnam war... But that is for another conversation or maybe a new hub page.

    I love 20th century history & seeing how decisons made a 100 years ago are still impacting the world today.

    Can't go past a good Max Hastings

  11. Stevethepainter profile image60
    Stevethepainterposted 10 years ago

    Yes, but with this condition: it HAS to be a well-writen book. Bad Books are like Bad Food.  They leave you feeling unsatisfied, even ill.

    Currently reading: The Ptolemies, by Duncan Sprott.  It's the 300-year history of the Greek rule of Egypt before the time of Christ.

    I've never been a day/year/name statistician.  What I do enjoy is the drama of events.  The story is enjoyable, and it often helps me with an understanding of current events, as well as a greater appreciation for what some have called "The Human Condition".

  12. wonderingwoolley profile image57
    wonderingwoolleyposted 10 years ago

    Well I have to say yes, being a history major. I love to read anything, but history books are a breed all their own. Of course I love biographies because they can be so personal. However, I also like a collection of narratives, or a collection of oral histories because they are primary sources and so incredibly interesting. In reading these you not only learn about the history, but the perspective and culture of the people who experienced these events, which brings history even more alive for me. One of my favorites is "Silence on the Mountain" by Daniel Wilkinson about Guatemala after the end of the Ten Years of Spring. It's a heart wrenching, beautiful tale about these people and all they endured. Good reading!

  13. Nasia IAm UniQue profile image59
    Nasia IAm UniQueposted 10 years ago

    No not really, i only read them when i need to find out information for the topics we learn about at school. But other than that i prefer to read about romance and drama, im also into plays written by Tyler Perry!

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    eburnhamposted 10 years ago

    I really enjoy reading history.  While I will read history from any time period, I tend to focus on World War II.  It is an understatement to say that the war and its aftermath had a lot of influence on the society we live in today.

  15. Marc Babineau profile image59
    Marc Babineauposted 10 years ago

    Yes, i do read history books. I prefer books about the "Knights Templar" and the "Christian Campaigns" as they portray a time when men were men and they responded to damsels in distress.

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    wim99posted 10 years ago

    Lately, my interest lies somwhere between African American history and Asian American history. Not to be a wigger, but the mixed race culture affects us all, so I am looking for answers deep in the history books. To suspend history shall give us time to examine it more throughly.

  17. jtmiddleton profile image75
    jtmiddletonposted 10 years ago

    I always have interest in reading history books about subjects I know little about.  I like having a general knowledge of all points in history.  I even have a favorite period author (H.W. Brands) and general author (Norman Davies... but he's very prolific).

  18. Rosie writes profile image83
    Rosie writesposted 10 years ago

    Historical fiction and biographies can both provide excellent sources of reading for pleasure and gaining knowledge.  There are qualities that each should contain to make them worthwhile. read more

  19. 34th Bomb Group profile image60
    34th Bomb Groupposted 10 years ago

    Yes - anything related to World War II.
    It is my opinion that we, the children of the "Greatest Generation," owe a debt to our parents to ensure that every child we know, meet or are related to, know about that most critical time in our nation's history.
    They're sure not learning about it in school.

  20. TMDHemsley17 profile image84
    TMDHemsley17posted 10 years ago

    Very much so, reading History books is very interesting and a great way to learn about the topics that interest me. I read history books mainly regarding twentieth century history or ancient history. I have many books on Nazism and the Third Reich, and have read both 'Mein Kampf' by Adolf Hitler and 'Inside the Third Reich' by Albert Speer. I also read books on the Cold War, and I have 'Khrushchev Remembers' by Nikita Khrushchev. I'm also fascinated by the Roman Empire and Ancient Greece, and have many books on them as well.

  21. sweedy15 profile image59
    sweedy15posted 10 years ago

    It depends on what history the book is about. I like world history and history of significant things that play an important part in our life like history of money, writing, cigarettes, art etc. It is interesting to know the true story behind it, when and how they came about in modern life.


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