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It all started with Columbus - An Improbable Account of American History
It all started with Columbus - An Improbable Account of American History Author:Richard Armous Henry Ford once said 'history is bunk." Here is a book that proves he was right. It All Started With Columbus is a shameless compendium of deftly distorted facts, written for all those people who, having read a single volume of history in school, swore they would never read another. — This half-remembered, half-cocked history teems with such me... more »morable personages as Pantsy de Lion, Bigamy Young, and Wild Bill Hiccup (a man of few word, such as 'Reach' and 'Now git'). Read about the notorious Alien and Seduction Act. Catch a quick glimpse of General Custer locked in deadly combat with Crazy Quilt. Learn the inside story of the War of 1812 and how Dolly Madison carried off the Washington Monument to keep the British from burning it.
So American history races, lurches, and limps along to its rendezvous with Manifest Destiny. Few Important Personages, Bold Strokes, Turning Points, or Significant Contributions are overlooked. Such forgotten men as Filmore, Polk, Tippecanoe, and Unbuttoned Gwinnett stagger out of the dusty archives of history, yawning and blinking. Dr. Armour's Magnum Opus begins at the beginning, with Christopher Columbus' mistaken belief that he had reached India when he actually had not got so far as Indiana. It ends with incredible accounts of F.D.R. (That Man in the White House), Harry Truman, Poll Takers, and Other Oddities.
American history will not soon recover from this body blow. To make history truly hysterical, Campbell Grant has contributed 72 line drawings for those who can't read,« less