Holiday Gift Pick #3

Gift Idea #3: The Histories, by Herodotus (prices vary; considering it was written in 440 BC you should be able to find it used)

One of my most prized possessions is my grandfather's trashed paperback copy of Herodotus's Histories. My grandfather was not known for his sunny disposition, but he told me that reading and re-reading Herodotus comforted him because it was a reminder that people had been making terrible, stupid choices since the dawn of time, and we'd always survived. (I told you he wasn't exactly Pollyanna.) But the older I get—and, uh, particularly since the 2016 election—the more I understand what he meant. If there's someone like this on your list, I hope they find it reassuring, too.
Posted by: Julianka


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