I bet it's something about getting older, but I have been really getting into history in the last year or so. And perhaps you'll understand how little I know about it by the use of the phrase "really getting into history". I had a big credit at Amazon, so I purchased a ton of books and some DVDs, and I just finished the DVD series Band of Brothers. Now, the Google tells me this originally aired in autumn 2001, so that means I'm exactly ten years behind. That sounds about right.
I have loved this series. Loved it. I'm just starting the special extra whatevers that come with DVDs, and I bawled through the interview portion tonight. It's so fantastic. I think there must be something about brain development that allows for me to understand the context of events when I never was able to before. I don't know; I couldn't be bothered with trying to figure it out until now. Maybe the magic ingredient is just aging.
I have a hard time finding two hours in a month for television, so this has been an unexpected indulgence. I ordered The Pacific and a few Stephen Ambrose books to get started on next.
If you've been living under a rock for the past ten years as I have, quick trailer here. (And now to lose any credibility I may have had: Ladies, Berger from Sex & the City is in it!)