Saturday, September 04, 2010

History Geek? I Think YES!!

Okay, so lately I've had some extra time on my hands so I figured "What the heck, I'm gonna do some fun reading!" Haha, idea of fun reading is to sit down with a book over six hundred pages long and just, well, READ. Yeah, I know. Geek. Darn right I am! Lol, and to compound it all, History is my favorite reading material! Yeah, I know what you're thinking now. MAJOR geek. AND you're TOTALLY right, I'm proud of it!

My latest discovery is "A Patriot's History of the United States" by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen. It's about 829 pages long with an added 70 pages of fine print notes, and an Index of 30 MORE pages...and guess what? I'll probably read through all the notes. Yeah, I do that too. See, I'm kinda CDO (a.k.a. OCD), so whenever I see one of those little numbers in the text, I have to turn to the back to find out what it says. And I can't help it! It's like an automatic reaction. I've gotten to the point where I keep my right hand in the notes and flip back and forth between reading the text and reading the notes. Sad really...Unfortunately, (well, it kinda depends on your perspective...) this book has a LOT of notes. A rough estimate seems to be 80 to 100 notes per chapter, and a little over 2 or 3 notes a paragraph. Oiy. :| But I'll get through it, you can bet on that!

Actually, it's been a really good read so far. Most of the time I find history text to be very biased one way or t'other, but this seems to be fairly in the center. I've heard some very, very far left liberals say that it's extremely conservative and capitalistic, but I have to say, (now please remember, this is just my off hand opinion and you should still get a hold of the book and read it for yourself. Plus I am only 1/6 of the way through the book!) that I have found it to be accurate and only slightly, very slightly, to the right of center so far. I do like to research whatever I read, and I do not take most things at face value, so I hope I'm unbiased and informed enough to review it properly. :) But, what the heck, read it and find out for yourself!

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