This was an eye-opener. It takes most of our American heros and cuts them down to something real and relatable. I loved it and wish more history books were this interesting.
Some interesting topics. Would be great for a history teacher.
Really interesting book that lets us in on secret: a lot of the thing swe learned in history class are not true, like July 4th is not the "real" Independence Day, Nathan Hale's dying words were not "I regret that I only have one life to give for my country, and pilgrims didn't live in log cabins.
Quick, fun read!!!
The truth and nothing but the truth-Richard Shenkman sheds light on America's most believed legends. *The story that Columbus discovered that the world was round was invented by Washington Irving.*The pilgrims never lived in log cabins.*In Concord, Massachusetts, a third of all babies born in the twenty years before the Revolution were conceived out of wedlock. *Washington may have never told a lie, but he loved to drink and dance, and he fell in love with his best friend's wife. *Independence wasn't declared on July 4 (and the Liberty Bell was so little regarded that Philadelphia tried to sell it for scrap metal but nobody wanted it). *There's no evidence that anyone died in a frontier shootout at high noon. *After World War II, the U.S. Government concluded that Japan would have surrendered within months, even if we had not bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Amusing short essays on American History.
Love it, just great to get the real story.