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Making History Fun!

Mrs. Johnston, my AP European History teacher, only read non-fiction.  She asserted that real life history was full of so many great stories, there was no need for make-believe*.

At the time, I thought her kind of crazy.  Now, I see her point.  But I think it’s still underrealized.

History is full of compelling stories.  But those stories are locked inside textbooks or hidden in thick books.  I remain reluctant to read entire texts of non-fiction because from a 500 page book, I’d get 3 stories I’ll remember forever and share with others.

This is like biryani with lots of rice and little meat.  Mom wouldn’t be amused.

Why are books about history written this way?  Because they’re written by people who want to be scholars rather than entertainers.

I think there’s a huge market for ripping the 3 good vignettes from each history book, adding historical context, and bundling them up in a single book.  All meat, yum!

And here’s the perfect title: “High Brow Dinner Conversation for Intellectual Midgets, Volume 1”.  (Of course it would be a series!)

This hardly makes me an intellectual :(…

(The more I write on this blog, the dumber I feel on so many levels…)

* I think this is true.

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