There's this non-fiction book Désirée and I'm writing a review on it. I'd like to make a sentence which means I like the book because it narrates the history of France and addresses horrible things that happened back then. In my native language I can use a word which the literal translation would read challenge to make a sentence with that sort of meaning.
I found the book fascinating because it challenges French history.
Does challenge a good choice of word? If not, how can I rewrite my sentence?
The book probably wasn't the first to bring up the details and things behind the scene, so the truth was there already for anyone to look up but the popular books don't include them most often. They majorly deal with the results like Napoleon conquered that army. As a result, the public don't normally know about the details which are often shocking and horrible. Now suddenly a book takes off and put all things together and present them. That's the concept that I'm looking for a word for.