A column about history, culture, policy, and things in between.
Amongst many other things my mother told me when I was a boy was the following counsel, "if you learn to love to read, and if you read works of quality and interest, you will have the power to banish boredom from your life". Wise words, and ones that have been proven true.
I thought of that advice this weekend when I finished one of the most delightful reads I have encountered in a long time, Brave Companions, by historian and author David McCullough. The book is an anthology of articles McCullough has penned over the years about famous, and not so famous people; his selection of subjects dictated by the criteria of those who lived remarkable lives within the context of remarkable times.