I suppose I'm just one of those people who can only learn from direct experience. Especially when it comes to history, I need to live it in order to get it.
In short, I need to read it.
And not a dry history of whatever it is -- not a summary of this battle and that battle, this general, that president, this body count, that treaty. Nope.
I need a story. I need characters. I need some fiction in my non.
So it is with The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam, a book I recently received as a part of From Left to Write on-line bloggers bookclub. I read this book in two days, couldn't put it down -- emerged from the story with a whole new perspective on a time that I should have known more about.