Sometimes I feel like the only person I know who finds reading history fascinating. It’s so full of amazing-yet-true stories of people driven to the edge and how they reacted to it. I keep telling friends that a good history book (as opposed to some of those textbooks in school that are all lists and dates) does everything a good novel does–it grips you with real characters doing amazing things.
Am I REALLY the only person who feels this way? When is the last time you read a history book? Historical biography? You know, something that took place in the past but was REAL.
I LOVE history. I’m a history major and life-long history buff. I’m also an English Major, and an avid reader. For these two things to never cross paths is insane, so of course I’ve read and still read non-fiction historical biographies.
These books are exactly like the novels the rest of the population cracks open on a daily basis. There’s a plot, characters, twists, and an outcome that once shocked the world. Only it’s real. Why would you not want to read something so fantastic and groundbreaking, and be able to look back and know it was real?
The last non-fiction books I read that truly stood out were Playing the Enemy, Robert’s Ridge, and The King’s Speech.