You Said What?: Lies and Propaganda Throughout History

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 336 pages
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A fascinating, fun, and fact-filled compendium of the greatest lies, deceptions, propaganda, and frauds ever perpetrated

Throughout history—from the dawn of man to the War on Terror—governments, corporations, historians, and high-level braggarts of every stripe have freely engaged in the time-honored pastime of lying for fun and profit. You Said What? is an endlessly entertaining and outrageously edifying look at some of the biggest whoppers of all time, chock-full of deceptions, trickery, and incredible untruths both infamous and obscure.

  • The press conspiracies that protected FDR's legs, as well as JFK's sex addiction and failing health
  • Lies that caused the Knights Templar fall, the Salem witch trials, and the Black Death
  • Big lies that changed history: Vietnam's Gulf of Tonkin, the Cuban missile crisis, the “Polish” raid that kicked off WWII . . . and remember the Maine?
  • The self-made, self-serving myths we still believe today of Davy Crockett, Lawrence of Arabia, and Napoleon
  • Plus our own personal pick for History's #1 Biggest Liar . . . and much more!

The lies will out! You Said What? is an indispensable treasure trove of true falsehoods, and an irreverent introduction to the world's greatest lies and the liars who told them.

 

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Contents

or Poster Child for Civil War Draft
21
The First Casualty of War Is Truth
47
but Julius Caesar Became Emperor
53
History Books Lie Too
127
But It Was in a Book
189
the Moon
226
What Lies Ahead?
277
The Fake of a Fake
285
Not Really Where You
289
Are My Arms Tired
295
Eric Claptons Undying but Temporary Passion
304
Color Him RedFaced
313
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Bill Fawcett is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including You Did What?, It Seemed Like a Good Idea . . . , How to Lose a Battle, and You Said What? He lives in Illinois.

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