The Greatest Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy

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HarperCollins, Mar 18, 2003 - History - 224 pages
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History isn't always made by great armies colliding or by great civilizations rising or falling. Sometimes it's made when a chauffeur takes a wrong turn, a scientist forgets to clean up his lab, or a drunken soldier gets a bit rowdy. That's the kind of history you'll find in The Greatest Stories Never Told.

This is history candy -- the good stuff. Here are 100 tales to astonish, bewilder, and stupefy: more than two thousand years of history filled with courage, cowardice, hope, triumph, sex, intrigue, folly, humor, and ambition. It's a historical delight and a visual feast with hundreds of photographs, drawings, and maps that bring each story to life. A new discovery waits on every page: stories that changed the course of history and stories that affected what you had for breakfast this morning.

Consider:

  • The Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock because they ran out of beer
  • Some Roman officials were so corrupt that they actually stole time itself
  • Three cigars changed the course of the Civil War
  • The Scottish kilt was invented by an Englishman

Based on the popular Timelab 2000® history minutes hosted by Sam Waterston on The History Channel®, this collection of fascinating historical tidbits will have you shaking your head in wonder and disbelief. But they're all true. And you'll soon find yourself telling them to your friends.

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Review: The Greatest Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy

User Review  - John Cress - Goodreads

This is a interesting collection of stories from history that are quick and easy to read. The book is split some the tales are more of the tidbit or factoid presentation rather than something that might tax the brain. These are fin to read when one only has 5-10 minutes to spare. Read full review

Review: The Greatest Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy

User Review  - Colleen Lahey - Goodreads

Interesting trivia...some I knew, some I didn't. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Rick Beyer is the author of the popular Greatest Stories Never Told book series, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been seen on The History Channel, A&E, and National Geographic Channel. He is also an accomplished speaker who inspires and entertains audiences around the country. He lives with his wife in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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