In no particular order, here are four things (there are more) which I appreciate about Fea’s book:
Fea uses great illustrations to drive his points home.
Accessible, but based on solid scholarship. This is not easy to do, but Fea accomplishes it wonderfully.
There is a gracious tone, but Fea still puts the spotlight on much foolishness.
Makes clear by way of many examples that the study of history is undeniably important.