History's Greatest Lies: The Startling Truths Behind World Events our History Books Got Wrong (Google eBook)

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Fair Winds Press, Jan 1, 2009 - History - 288 pages
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The true stories behind historical events give readers a fascinating new look at our past. The revelations shock and amaze by exposing veiled motivations and convenient inaccuracies in well-documented actions by established leaders that often have a continuing effect on the world. Each of the fifteen chapters points out a myth that is held as a common truth in history and summarizes what we think we know. Then the author shreds the tale to academic ribbons using the latest findings on each subject. Each true story sets the record straight, reveals timeless ulterior motives, introduces important personalities who successfully (and suspiciously) avoided responsibility in common history texts, and notes underlining issues that have continued relevance in the modern age. For instance, did Nero really fiddle as Rome burned? Did Paul Revere actually alert the militia that the British were coming? Did the Catholic Church imprison Galileo because his teachings conflicted with the Bible? Weir takes on all these myths and tells the reader what really happened.

  

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Review: History's Greatest Lies: The Startling Truths Behind World Events our History Books Got Wrong

User Review  - Robert King - Goodreads

I really liked this book and thought it was a fairly good read. The book is about how some "truths" told to people by history textbooks, famous people, etc. were actually false or misinterpreted. The ... Read full review

Review: History's Greatest Lies: The Startling Truths Behind World Events our History Books Got Wrong

User Review  - Kevinjwoods - Goodreads

The main problem with this is that the chapters and ideas chosen don't seem to be lies as such, Afghanistan can't be conquered isn't exactly a world famous lie, nor is the Goths are barbarians, and ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
6
THE FIRST LIE WE LEARNED IN SCHOOL
10
LIES FROM THE ANCIENTS
26
LIES FROM THE RENAISSANCE
58
LIES FROM THE TIME OF THE REVOLUTIONS
116
LIES FROM THE AMERICAN WILD WEST
152
LIES FROM JUST YESTERDAY
188
BIBLIOGRAPHY
268
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
274
IMAGE CREDITS
275
INDEX
277
Copyright

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William Weir

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