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Clever Telling of History
January 17, 2013
Mr. Addington hits the nail on the head right from the beginning. At least for me. I am like the person who falls asleep in an opera, when it comes to history. I just can't get in to it nor recall it after. We studied WWI in high school, but I can barely remember a darn thing about it. Pathetic? Yep.
However...Mr. Addington seems to have found a way around that. Since he confesses he is not a historian, his writing of WWI was bound to be different. And, it IS! If you give me a story...I will remember everything. If you give me a text book, as I said, I nod off. Mr. Addington gives some of the most important points of WWI in short snippets that come across as conversation. And, not as if he is talking down to you, but sharing golden oldies with a friend.
I know far more now than I ever did and because of Mr. Addington's approach, I will easily remember what I read. It is also formatted in such a way that you can read a section here or there and not feel stuck in a time warp. I actually plan to have my kids refer to this book as they study WWI because I think it will fill in the mental gaps that text books tend to evoke (sorry to the teachers out there).