I'm diving in to a new book - and it's not fiction. Instead, I'm expanding my history graduate thesis into a full-length book. The topic is the German POW camp at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, during World War II. With the exception of a few items, I have all I need to write this book, thanks to the tenacity of the Fort Robinson Museum curator who saved me the trouble of going to the D.C. archives!
Right now, I'm trying to figure out what kind of narrative I want to portray, and I need to decide if I should take a more scholarly approach or a more "popular" history approach. I think a blend of the two is what is needed, and I intend to make my narrative "user-friendly" - i.e. not boring.
Chatsworth, England - Oct. '08
But I'm curious. Is history boring to you? Why? Is it because you were told to memorize dates and names of major historical figures? Did your teacher have no interest in the subject and make it boring by virtue of their nice, monotone voice? Or did you have a great teacher who made history come alive for you?
I guess I'd like to get a bit of a perspective on how the average person - i.e. those who didn't go to school for the subject - views history.