Making history come alive is tricky, but some historians manage to paint people like the czars of Russia or Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany not just as dusty textbook figures.
In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with historian Robert Massie about his vivid descriptions of the powerful people pulling the strings behind World War I.
HEAR MORE: Robert Massie speaks at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in Pierson Auditorium at 51st and Holmes. Tickets are free, but reservations are requested. For more information, contact the Central Ticket Office.