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History's Greatest Lies: The Startling Truths Behind World Events Our History Books Got Wrong

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The true stories behind historical events give readers a fascinating new look at our past. The revelations shock and amaze by exposing veiled motivations and convenient inaccuracies in well-documented actions by established leaders that often have a continuing effect on the world.

Each of the fifteen chapters points out a myth that is held as a common truth in history and summarizes what we think we know. Then the author shreds the tale to academic ribbons using the latest findings on each subject. Each true story sets the record straight, reveals timeless ulterior motives, introduces important personalities who successfully (and suspiciously) avoided responsibility in common history texts, and notes underlining issues that have continued relevance in the modern age. #LINK<>#For instance, did Nero really fiddle as Rome burned? Did Paul Revere actually alert the militia that the British were coming? Did the Catholic Church imprison Galileo because his teachings conflicted with the Bible? Weir takes on all these myths and tells the reader what really happened.

Synopsis:

Acclaimed history writer William Weir takes on the most common myths that our school textbooks have proliferated through the years. He not only uncovers some startling untruths, but also he exposes the reasoning behind each lie and examines why the myths keep going.

Each chapter explores a fallacy we've been taught as truth, whether it originated as a smear campaign, an attempt at spinning the real story, an oversimplification, or a misconception. Weir discusses what we think we know, then reveals what actually happened and how history got it so wrong.

Weir travels through the globe and time to bring you the stories behind the people, the places, and conflicts you thought you knew. The results is a captivating read for history enthusiasts or those just hungry for the truth.

Synopsis:

The true stories behind history commonly told give readers a fascinating new look at our past. The revelations shock and amaze by exposing veiled motivations and convenient inaccuracies in well-documented events by established leaders that often have a continuing affect on the world.

 

Each of the 25-30 chapters points out a lie that is held as a common truth in history and summarizes what we think we know. Then the author shreds the lie to academic ribbons using the latest findings on each subject. Each true story sets the record straight, reveals timeless ulterior motives, introduces important personalities who successfully (and suspiciously) avoided responsibility in common history texts, and notes underlining issues that have continued relevance in the modern age. From the unvarnished story of the crusades and the damage it did to the Muslim and Christian relationship to the real reason behind the start of the Vietnam War.

About the Author

William Weir is the author of several history books, including Written with Lead, Fatal Victories, A Well Regulated Militia, Soldiers in the Shadows, Turning Points in Military History, Fifty Weapons that Changed Warfare, and Fifty Military Leaders Who Changed the World.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592333363
Subtitle:
The Startling Truths Behind World Events our History Books Got Wrong
Author:
Weir, William
Author:
Canduci, Alex
Author:
Canducci, Alex
Publisher:
Fair Winds Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
History
Subject:
Errors, inventions, etc.
Subject:
Controversial Knowledge
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
History -- Errors, inventions, etc.
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
myths
Subject:
Deception
Subject:
scam
Subject:
World
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paper Text
Publication Date:
20090101
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.51x7.61x.85 in. 1.34 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Acclaimed history writer William Weir takes on the most common myths that our school textbooks have proliferated through the years. He not only uncovers some startling untruths, but also he exposes the reasoning behind each lie and examines why the myths keep going.

Each chapter explores a fallacy we've been taught as truth, whether it originated as a smear campaign, an attempt at spinning the real story, an oversimplification, or a misconception. Weir discusses what we think we know, then reveals what actually happened and how history got it so wrong.

Weir travels through the globe and time to bring you the stories behind the people, the places, and conflicts you thought you knew. The results is a captivating read for history enthusiasts or those just hungry for the truth.

"Synopsis" by ,

The true stories behind history commonly told give readers a fascinating new look at our past. The revelations shock and amaze by exposing veiled motivations and convenient inaccuracies in well-documented events by established leaders that often have a continuing affect on the world.

 

Each of the 25-30 chapters points out a lie that is held as a common truth in history and summarizes what we think we know. Then the author shreds the lie to academic ribbons using the latest findings on each subject. Each true story sets the record straight, reveals timeless ulterior motives, introduces important personalities who successfully (and suspiciously) avoided responsibility in common history texts, and notes underlining issues that have continued relevance in the modern age. From the unvarnished story of the crusades and the damage it did to the Muslim and Christian relationship to the real reason behind the start of the Vietnam War.

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