In my World Civilization class, I'm reading "World History in Brief" 6th ed, by Peter N. Stearns. I read chapter after chapter, but I don't feel like I'm absorbing anything. I believe it's because the book is non-interactive; there are no exercises. There are some "key questions" in some chapters. But other than that, I'm just reading. Is this typical for academic or college level history books? Amazon.com readers have left some positive reviews, but I'm skeptical. My economics book, by contrast, is filled with problems and questions. I feel like I'm really getting something out of this book, and economics is the least interesting course to me. I loathe the terminology, yet I can apply it to the world around me and am starting to make some sense of what I read in business articles. I don't feel like I'm getting that out of this history book. What are your thoughts about any of your history books from school?