It All Started With Columbus Author:Richard Armour 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 that they would never read another. — This half-remembered, half-cocked history teems with su... more »ch memorable personages as Pantsy de Lion, Bigamy Young, and Wild Bill Hiccup (a man of few words, such as "Reach" and "Now git"). Read about the notoroius 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 Dolley 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 Fillmore, 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 wil not soon recover from this body blow. To make history truly hysterical, Campbell Grant has contributed seventy-two line drawings for those who can't read.« less