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“American History Revised is as informative as it is entertaining and humorous. Filled with irony, surprises, and long-hidden secrets, the book does more than revise American history, it reinvents it.” —James Bamford,

bestselling author of The Puzzle Palace, Body of Secrets, and The Shadow Factory

 

 

This spirited reexamination of American history delves into our past to expose hundreds ofstartling facts that never made it into the textbooks, and highlights how little-known peopleand events played surprisingly influential roles in the great American story. 

 

We tend to think of history as settled, set in stone, but American History Revised reveals a past that is filled with ironies, surprises, and misconceptions. Living abroad for twelve years gave author Seymour Morris Jr. the opportunity to view his country as an outsider and compelled him to examine American history from a fresh perspective. As Morris colorfully illustrates through the 200

historical vignettes that make up this book, much of our nation’s past is quite different—and far more remarkable—than we thought.

      We discover that:

 

• In the 1950s Ford was approached by two Japanese companies begging for a joint venture. Ford declined their offers, calling them makers of “tin cars.” The two companies were Toyota and Nissan.

• Eleanor Roosevelt and most women’s groups opposed the Equal Rights Amendment

forbidding gender discrimination.

• The two generals who ended the Civil War weren’t Grant and Lee.

• The #1 bestselling American book of all time was written in one day.

• The Dutch made a bad investment buying Manhattan for $24.

• Two young girls aimed someday to become First Lady—and succeeded.

• Three times, a private financier saved the United States from bankruptcy.

 

      Organized into ten thematic chapters, American History Revised plumbs American history’s numerous inconsistencies, twists, and turns to make it come alive again.

Synopsis:

“American History Revised is as informative as it is entertaining and humorous. Filled with irony, surprises, and long-hidden secrets, the book does more than revise American history, it reinvents it.” —James Bamford,

bestselling author of The Puzzle Palace, Body of Secrets, and The Shadow Factory

 

 

This spirited reexamination of American history delves into our past to expose hundreds ofstartling facts that never made it into the textbooks, and highlights how little-known peopleand events played surprisingly influential roles in the great American story. 

 

We tend to think of history as settled, set in stone, but American History Revised reveals a past that is filled with ironies, surprises, and misconceptions. Living abroad for twelve years gave author Seymour Morris Jr. the opportunity to view his country as an outsider and compelled him to examine American history from a fresh perspective. As Morris colorfully illustrates through the 200

historical vignettes that make up this book, much of our nation’s past is quite different—and far more remarkable—than we thought.

      We discover that:

 

• In the 1950s Ford was approached by two Japanese companies begging for a joint venture. Ford declined their offers, calling them makers of “tin cars.” The two companies were Toyota and Nissan.

• Eleanor Roosevelt and most women’s groups opposed the Equal Rights Amendment

forbidding gender discrimination.

• The two generals who ended the Civil War weren’t Grant and Lee.

• The #1 bestselling American book of all time was written in one day.

• The Dutch made a bad investment buying Manhattan for $24.

• Two young girls aimed someday to become First Lady—and succeeded.

• Three times, a private financier saved the United States from bankruptcy.

 

      Organized into ten thematic chapters, American History Revised plumbs American history’s numerous inconsistencies, twists, and turns to make it come alive again.

About the Author

Seymour Morris, Jr. is an international business entrepreneur and former head of corporate communications for the world's largest management consulting firm. Living abroad for the past 12 years, recruiting foreign students for Harvard University, forced him to see his country as an outsider and compelled him to examine American history from a fresh perspective. He holds a degree in American History from Harvard and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in New York City with his wife.

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Ariana Peabody, June 26, 2010 (view all comments by Ariana Peabody)
I was half asleep when I picked up this book on my flight to Honk Kong, but I was wide awake by the end of the introduction. Then I kept going. Wow. Lucidly written and vigorously explained, it combines specific historical events analysis with honest self-reflection.
It's both insightful and fresh. The strength of the book its focusing on specific issues that could spark further research and awareness. This is a provocative and enjoyable book, full of eye-opening surprises, which can be read cover to cover or dipped into like a box of favorite Godiva chocolates.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307587602
Author:
Morris, Seymour Jr
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Morris, Seymour
Author:
Seymour Morris, Jr.
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 BandW PHOTOS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.17x7.34x1.16 in. 1.43 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , “American History Revised is as informative as it is entertaining and humorous. Filled with irony, surprises, and long-hidden secrets, the book does more than revise American history, it reinvents it.” —James Bamford,

bestselling author of The Puzzle Palace, Body of Secrets, and The Shadow Factory

 

 

This spirited reexamination of American history delves into our past to expose hundreds ofstartling facts that never made it into the textbooks, and highlights how little-known peopleand events played surprisingly influential roles in the great American story. 

 

We tend to think of history as settled, set in stone, but American History Revised reveals a past that is filled with ironies, surprises, and misconceptions. Living abroad for twelve years gave author Seymour Morris Jr. the opportunity to view his country as an outsider and compelled him to examine American history from a fresh perspective. As Morris colorfully illustrates through the 200

historical vignettes that make up this book, much of our nation’s past is quite different—and far more remarkable—than we thought.

      We discover that:

 

• In the 1950s Ford was approached by two Japanese companies begging for a joint venture. Ford declined their offers, calling them makers of “tin cars.” The two companies were Toyota and Nissan.

• Eleanor Roosevelt and most women’s groups opposed the Equal Rights Amendment

forbidding gender discrimination.

• The two generals who ended the Civil War weren’t Grant and Lee.

• The #1 bestselling American book of all time was written in one day.

• The Dutch made a bad investment buying Manhattan for $24.

• Two young girls aimed someday to become First Lady—and succeeded.

• Three times, a private financier saved the United States from bankruptcy.

 

      Organized into ten thematic chapters, American History Revised plumbs American history’s numerous inconsistencies, twists, and turns to make it come alive again.

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