In terms of the narrative style, as a reporter and as a writer, your job is to immerse yourself in this world and then immerse your reader in it through your narrative in this almost transparent way. I would urge you to recognize that the world you’re immersing yourself in when you immerse yourself in the past is less familiar to you and less familiar to your readers. Your job, in immersing yourself in that culture, is a more challenging one, and your job in immersing your reader is therefore a more challenging one. But it is the same job. I don’t mean to suggest that there’s something fundamentally different about writing history. I think it is the same process, but a more challenging one.

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