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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 02:59 PM

Poll: a Question on your reading of history.

I tend to think DU members are at least a little bit better versed in history than most. "Most", it would seem, have little knowledge of the makings of the world in which they live and it is my opnion that it leaves them with no concrete understanding of their position in today's world, let alone their own community.

That thought provoked the question, tell me about your reading in history
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I have never read a History book, not even in High school.
0 (0%)
I had history in High School but have never picked up a History book since
0 (0%)
I occasionally read history
10 (91%)
History is my favorite reading
1 (9%)
I do not read books
0 (0%)
Other reading preferences
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Reply Poll: a Question on your reading of history. (Original post)
1-Old-Man Jan 2013 OP
el_bryanto Jan 2013 #1
IphengeniaBlumgarten Jan 2013 #2
1-Old-Man Jan 2013 #5
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #6
TheKentuckian Jan 2013 #10
patrice Jan 2013 #3
Historic NY Jan 2013 #4
rrneck Jan 2013 #7
Victor_c3 Jan 2013 #8
GoCubsGo Jan 2013 #9

Response to 1-Old-Man (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:02 PM

1. I think you might want a category between occasionally and favorite

I regularly read history, but it probably comes in second place behind sci-fi/fantasy.

Bryant

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Response to el_bryanto (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:03 PM

2. Likewise nt

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Response to el_bryanto (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:09 PM

5. I would edit the post but it would be difficult to insert now

But will put in an "other" option.

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Response to el_bryanto (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:10 PM

6. Agreed ...

At any given time, I'm somewhere engaged in 4-5 books - 1 historical (anything that caught my fancy at the bookstore), 1 African-American Historical, 1 biographical (though that might fall in the historical category), all to broaden my knowledge base, and 2 pure fiction (of the Court-room genre ... Grisholm is my favorite), just to escape the day to day.

So while I read a fair amount of historical material, I would not say it's me favorite.

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Response to el_bryanto (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:54 PM

10. Same

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:06 PM

3. My favorite fiction is fictionalized history, like Cold Mountain, or An Instance of the

Fingerpost, or Grapes of Wrath, but, even though a period portrait of a time and it's people and culture, is the point of fictionalized history, I did not count that genre as an example consistent with your poll question about reading History.

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:08 PM

4. Its what I do.

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:34 PM

8. I occasionally read history, but I mostly read current event pieces

The history stuff I do read is mostly history of science sort of stuff right now. I'm a chemist and I've really found that my scientific knowledge is really complimented by a history of where it all came from.

I went on a phase where I read about WWII history. I never really found myself too interested in the war aspect, but mostly the social issues surrounding the war and German society at the time.

I read a lot of articles from a magazine/journal "Foreign Affairs" and National Geographic. I really enjoy that a lot.

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:37 PM

9. I also really enjoy historical documentaries

And, not just the ones by Ken Burns.

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