Do you have any interest in reading history books? If no, why not? If yes, what kinds of books?
I read a lot of history, especially American history and the frontier.
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.
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.
We all need to learn from history to avoid making the same mistakes that our forefathers made.
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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.
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.
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
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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
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".
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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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by loveofnight 5 years ago
Do you believe everything that you read in the history books?From time to time I hear someone say that history is not always accurate. That the books are written by imperfect men who want to give credit to themselves. What do you think?
by ptosis 5 years ago
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by Victoriaaa 8 years ago
I want to write a novel, but I want to know what people are reading these days so I know what genre to write in and how to write my vision. What do you guys consider a good book?
by Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago
How will the history books describe the presidency of Barark Obama in 2050?It's often not evident what the effect of a given president's actions had on the county until history later judges him in the light of what comes after he leaves office. How will historians treat Barack Obama?
by Paul Swendson 8 years ago
I am a community college history teacher, and I have found that it can be tricky to discuss recent historical events. It is difficult, after all, to know which recent events and trends will ultimately matter. So what do you think that future history books will discuss when covering 1990-2010?
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