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Pectus
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Do you think a course textbook could be effective if written as historical fiction?
I feel that so many people are good at rembering characters, understanding their motives, and picturing a setting. And as such, writing a textbook in such a way to cater to this part of our brain could be effective.

So, I ask, would you read a historical fiction book where you learn, let's say, physics and astronomy and their key concepts?


memphis tiger
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re: Do you think a course textbook could be effective if written as historical fiction?
Why does it need to be fiction?

There are great historical non fiction books that read similar to novels.

David McCullough’s books are great. Steven Ambrose’s WWII books are incredible.

I learned a lot from those and others and they are definitely not “textbooks”.


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chity
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re: Do you think a course textbook could be effective if written as historical fiction?
It would be hard to tell fact from fiction.

Also, with the PC culture, figures that do not fit the narrative would all be wife beaters.


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re: Do you think a course textbook could be effective if written as historical fiction?
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Do you think a course textbook could be effective if written as historical fiction?
There is already a book like this. I liked it a lot.



memphis tiger
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re: Do you think a course textbook could be effective if written as historical fiction?
I’d also add Erik Larson’s books to the list of compelling, fun to read historical nonfiction


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