Re: Publications - FACT vs MYTH.
Well, you audit the work, and also you have gutt instinct. Historians are supposed to give references to support their claims, so you just try and check the references if you can. You also need to look at the author's motive. If its a politician, they love writing autobiographies to try and justify their own motives whilst in office for instance.
Mainly with 'non fiction" I read the book thinking, very interesting story, but what has the author got to gain ? What sort of controversy has the book caused ? Ive got two books in front of me now - Bravo Two Zero and "The Real Bravo Two Zero". One seems to portray a heroic fight against many of the enemy, the other portrays a complete stuff up, verging on cowardice - which one to believe ? Well, in Bravo Two Zero's defence, another book has been published by another person who was apparently there. Yet, the British Army, and other people involved with the force dispute facts.
Bravo reads too much like an act of fiction. Real reads like an inquisition, with an author apparently gathering facts in Iraq. As to which one is correct, the gutt says Real.