I always think that I want to read biographies of famous and important people, but I don’t. All I really want is a Wikipedia entry and a sense of false pedagogy (Oh Wikipedia, you unreliable little skank. Even though you’ve been proven a liar on numberless occasions, I still believe every word that comes out of your mouth). Because, see, if Wikipedia were to tell me, rather ominously, that the Battle of Omdurman lay ahead of the young Winston Churchill, and then move on without ever referencing it again, I could just click the link and in a few Wikiminutes, totally know what they were talking about. Books do not have links.