It is a common statement and motion among students and some people that ‘history is boring’ – and to justify their statement they always have a lot of things to say such as, it is reading and reading about the past, it does not sound like a story, it is boring and most importantly it has a lot of dates that they have to remember to score in exams. Sometimes it is the kind of subjects the students and people prefer but it also depends on the way the book is presented and published. So, here is a list of books for those who think history is boring.

The Daughter of Time – Josephine Tey

Livres pour ceux qui pensent que l'histoire est ennuyeuse - La fille du temps
Books for those Who Think History is Boring – La fille du temps

Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard is intrigued by a portrayal of Richard III. Could such a responsive countenance belong to a monstrous criminal – a ruler who murdered his brother’s kids to protect his crown? Alan investigates who murdered the princes in the tower and explores the kind of human Richard III was.

Lies My Teacher Told Me – James W. Loewen

Mensonges que mon professeur m'a dit
Books for those Who Think History is Boring – Mensonges que mon professeur m'a dit

Ce livre révèle le processus d'enseignement de l'histoire parmi les étudiants américains, ce livre est donc très choquant et sans aucun doute informatif. L'écrivain est un éminent critique et professeur de sociologie de profession. Il rassemble 12 manuels célèbres et après les avoir examinés, il se rend compte qu'aucun des manuels n'est capable de rendre le sujet suffisamment mémorable ou intéressant pour les étudiants. Et les pires aspects de tous ces livres sont qu'ils sont remplis de désinformation, d'optimisme insensé et de contenu patriarcal aveugle.

A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

Livres pour ceux qui pensent que l'histoire est ennuyeuse - Une courte histoire de presque tout
Books for those Who Think History is Boring – Une brève histoire de presque tout

Bill Bryson confronts that the most challenging thing for him is to comprehend and if a possible reply to the ancient and biggest questions that we have posed about ourselves and the universe. He recollects everything beginning from Big Bang and how we came from there, which was absolutely nothing to here being us. He engaged himself with remarkable mathematicians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and explored their laboratories and offices. This book is a record of Bryson’s quest which has it all, not only interesting facts involving science, but it also has humour and profound human knowledge.

The King Must Die – Mary Renault

Le roi doit mourir
Books for those Who Think History is Boring – Le roi doit mourir

According to mythology, Theseus was the killer of the Minotaur in Crete. But how Theseus was in real life is an unexplored question, but in this book, Renault has brilliantly presented the real-life Theseus to the readers. With the help of archaeological findings and modern scholarships, Renault’s Theseus is a lifelike figure, a ruler who is all about magnetism, whose strivings flow from potency and flaw – but also steered by relentless prediction. The story is all about the adventure, learning, and exploration from Troizen to Eleusis and from Athens to Crete. The sequel of this book continues with The Bull from the Sea.

The Pillow Book – Sei Shonagon

Livres pour ceux qui pensent que l'histoire est ennuyeuse - The Pillow Book
Books for those Who Think History is Boring – Le livre d'oreillers

Ce livre de Sei est une lecture étonnante du récit complet de la vie de cour japonaise au XIe siècle. Il est captivé par l'observation pleine d'esprit, les impressions délicates et les commérages vigoureux. Il présente la nature, la conversation, les cérémonies religieuses et royales, la poésie et quelques autres sujets présentant un regard attentif sur les expériences de la classe supérieure Heian.

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