One-Night Stands with American History (Revised and Updated Edition): Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents

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HarperCollins, Aug 5, 2003 - History - 336 pages
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Respect yourself in the morning -- read One-Night Stands with American History!

This collection of little-known facts and anecdotes is American history with the boring parts left out. Richard Shenkman and Kurt Reiger have uncovered numerous stories about hoaxes, inventions, secrets, and rare incidents -- many involving the most famous and powerful people in America.

  • President U. S. Grant was arrested for speeding in his horse carriage.
  • J. Edgar Hoover refused to allow people to walk on his shadow.
  • France shipped Louisiana twenty-five prostitutes because women were in short supply in 1721.
  • H. L. Hunt won his first oil well in a game of five-card stud.

Even historians find that One-Night Stands with American History features fascinating stories they never knew. Now updated with facts and anecdotes from the last twenty years, this volume is a treasure trove of remarkable stories that will startle, entertain, and inform you. And the best part is that they're all true!

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Review: One-Night Stands with American History: Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

Interesting book with little tidbits of information. Read full review

Review: One-Night Stands with American History: Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents

User Review  - Johnp - Goodreads

There must be over a thousand bizarre facts, stories and odd information ranging from the days of the Colonies until 2002. This is a good book to have on a coffee table or nightstand, where you can ... Read full review

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Richard Shenkman is an associate professor of history at George Mason University and the New York Times bestselling author of six history books, including Presidential Ambition; Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History; and Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About the American Voter. The editor and founder of George Mason University’s History News Network website, he can be seen regularly on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.

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