History is hard for me to get into. I like long, involved stories with winsome characters and discernable motivations. History is all dates and names of people who do batshit crazy things for no apparent reason. History never talks about the bad jokes Mussolini told, or about George Washington’s peg leg (two facts I just made up, but the second of which I kind of thought might be true and had to Wikipedia just to make sure), and as such, is hard for me to get into. And look at me now all egocentric-like after I’ve just read the most heart-rendingly uplifting story in the world.
Fools Rush In, while unfortunately evocative of that ass-happy 1997 movie with that guy from Friends, is a story of the Bosnian/Herzegovenian/Serbian/Croatian/etceteran war. Remember the one, early 90’s, all over the news? H’anyvays, Bill Carter had gone there in order to lose himself in the relief effort and ended up delivering food and supplies into Sarajevo with a group disguised as a circus.