"A History of the Amish", as its name implies, is focused on the history of the Amish, rather than an interpretation of their beliefs and customs, but there is much of that there, as well. Steven M. Nolt, the author, does a splendid job of it, looking at the Amish objectively, rather than as a freak show.
There are other books on the subject that are more in depth, the best of which are authored by Donald B. Kraybill, and many others, but "A History of the Amish" is a good start. Those who desire to develop an understanding of the Amish won't be led astray. It will give you a basic understanding of how the Amish came to be what they are, and that's a good start.
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