“How does one write history that is both engaging and truthful? This book examines that question, exploring a separate example in each chapter and pulling lessons from it. For example, they use Jacob Riis's photography to show how photographic evidence can be used in a historical narrative, and how the composition of a photo can alter the information pulled from it. In another chapter they examine two books written about the Watergate scandal, and how the different writing styles in each convey different facts.
The edition I read was arguably a bit dated, but for a novice history reader it was fine. Considering it was written as a textbook, this is a remarkably engaging and informative book, and I learned a lot.”