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For the small amount of practical application that I derived from this book, I got a great amount of joy in reading it and following the "cases." Of course, it did open my eyes to the fact of counterfeit documents and relics created not for their own sake, but to advance someone's career or benefice. The Historian as Detective is not a typical research manual telling one where to look for information, but a forensics manual explaining how to discern and evaluate purportedly historical evidence.
The Historian as Detective is a playful collection of essays concerning historical methods built within the frame of detective fiction. Interspersed liberally with Winks's own thoughts and analysis, it is an eminently readable, occasionally whimsical, and assuredly valuable starting point for any examination of history as a discipline.
A true classic in every sense of the word. This book is a compilation of essays by various authors on various subjects of historical interest. This is pretty heavy reading and can get dull at times if you're not totally nuts about it. I like the title of the book though.