Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History

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Harper Collins, Jun 19, 1992 - History - 224 pages
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The truth and nothing but the truth--Richard Shenkman sheds light on America's most believed legends:

  • The story of 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).

  • 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.

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Not as scurrilous as the title makes it sound, it's mostly a quick summary of how newer historical research can debunk self-serving or nostalgic representations of historical events and figures. What ... Read full review

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I haven't read this one yet but I read the first edition. I thought it was a very good book, well written, what they call an easy read. It was humorous. Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Richard Shenkman is an associate professor of history at George Mason University and the New York Times bestselling author of six history books, including Presidential Ambition; Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History; and Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About the American Voter. The editor and founder of George Mason University’s History News Network website, he can be seen regularly on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.

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