When hedge fund manager Seth Klarman thinks back to his days
studying history as a kid in Baltimore, his eyes don't exactly
"It was rote memorization of dates, wars and facts, and it
didn't come alive," says Klarman, 51, co-founder of
Boston-based Baupost Group, a $12 billion hedge fund firm. "You
couldn't visualize the people or even the events and why they
mattered so much."
But history is a subject so near and dear to Klarman that he
now puts a lot of time (and part of his wealth) into avidly
supporting an educational group called Facing History and
Ourselves, whose mission is to train middle school...