David Hertzel is professor of history at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He is the author of The World History Workbook.
David Hertzel takes us on an introductory foray into the nature of relationships people today have with their ancestors and explores the significance of ancestry and ancestral belief in our modern world. . . . Hertzel firmly believes that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before and we are indebted to them. . . . The subjects of the book are quite open, sometimes painfully so, about their views and how they relate to their ancestors and even though this book deals with loss, it also deals with hope. We read of intangible religious mysteries, diversity, and commonalities. Here is history as seen through families, and we understand that progression has no substance unless we trace the influence of one generation upon the other, which is exactly what this important book achieves. Here is the truth in both the cultural and spiritual effects of those who came before us.