Dangerous Games: the Uses and Abuses of History by Margaret MacMillan
I heard this on the way to Shakespeare summer camp and after dropping off Young Son (who btw wants to be a historian or I should say, already considers himself one) I headed straight for the bookstore:
“We tell ourselves stories,” MacMillan writes in her introduction, “not always true ones.”
By revealing time and again how often the stories nations tell themselves are in fact wrong, and reminding us of those consequences, MacMillan has formed a powerful and important argument that people — and not just the people in power — must know their true histories. This book is a great place for everyone to start.