I absolutely love history. In fact outside of programming and basketball it has to be my favorite hobby (and yes programming to me is a hobby since I enjoy it so much). For Christmas my wife gave me the Illustrated Edition of "1776" by David McCullough. I enjoyed the original very much and am looking forward to reading it again along with the 140 images and 37 replicated source documents.
Learning new things I think is why I enjoy history so much. For example, in his new book, Author McCullough starts by including an image of what it regarded as our countries first flag: The Grand Union. Also fascinating was the quote by Alison Huber, "Independence from Britain was not as yet what Americans were fighting for, but rather what they felt their rights as freeborn Englishmen." It's real easy to forget something like this and just naturally think our fore fathers started fighting for independence immediately. Instead they were just fighting for the same rights their brothers had back in England.
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