Declan Finn has a new book out. This time, he’s trying something a bit different – nonfiction.
I am a bit of a history nut. Emphasis on the nut. History and I have always had a love/hate relationship. Give it to me in story form and I’ll eat it up. Make me memorize names and dates and I won’t do it. History is so much more than the names and dates. It’s about the people who made it and the motivations that made events happen. This is one of the reasons I like The Pius Trilogy. It doesn’t force feed names and dates, it brings the history to life.
Pius History: The Fact Behind The Fiction briefly lays out some of the history the The Pius Trilogy is based on. There is as section on Pius XII and his part in World War II, a section on conflict in Sudan, a section on the weapons used in A Pius Man and a section on Pope John Paul II and his problems with Russia.
Even after reading The Pius Trilogy, which is crammed full of history, there was so much more I learned in this book. I know a lot about World War II. It has been a particular interest for me. However, I’ve read very little about all of the good that took place then. It was eye opening to say the least.
There is also commentary from Declan between the more academic sections, which gives us a peek at his process. It always fascinates me to see how other people think, especially other writers.
For the more academically inclined, there are footnotes. Lots and lots of footnotes.