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4 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

Ok I guess

Silly and informative but the spelling errors are driving me crazy!

posted by Hushpadwitch on June 10, 2011

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Ok I guess

    Silly and informative but the spelling errors are driving me crazy!

    22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Enjoyable

    Good way to pass the time when you have a few extra minutes lying around.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    Flawed+fun%21

    It%27s+hard+to+enjoy+a+book+that+makes+fun+of+other+people%27s+mistakes+when+it%27s+totally+loaded+with+typos.+Like+the+man+who+went+over+Niagara+Falls+in+a+barrel+with+a+100-lb+anvil+strapped+to+his+feet%2C+you+wish+the+publisher+had+thought+this+idea+though+just+a+little+bit+longer.+I+also+find+the+lack+of+detail+and+references+a+bit+troubling.+Thanks+for+the+freebie%2C+wish+the+quality+was+better+this+week+was+flawed+fun.

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Humorous, but lacking...

    I'm really glad this was a free download. I would have been angry to have purchased this. While the information it gave was enlightening and presented in a whimisical air, it was in serious need of an editor and a bibliography. There were numorous errors in the book that made it difficult to read (v or w where u or e should be). I would have also liked a bibliography so that I could dig further into some of the statements. Ah well. If you can grab it free, do, especially if you find the stupidity of humanity a great source of humor.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Interesting+but+limited

    This++is+an+interesting+book+of+unknown+facts+throughout+history+that+have+been+lost+due+to+songs%2C+poetry%2C+or+other+means+that+have+been+embedded+in+our+minds+and+culture.+The+book+disspells+myths+and+other+misnomers.+However%2C+it+is+limited+because+it+does+not+provide+resourses+for+proof+of+the+data+or+information.+It+would+have+also+been+great+to+provide+a+list+for+further+reading+as+well.+Despite+a+few+flaws%2C+it+is+quite+entertaining+and+it+can+be+read+by+10+year-olds+on+up+without+any+problems.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Interesting coffee table book, but no sources.

    This is an interesting coffee table book, but it doesn't cite sources. I know one of the 'chapters' in the book was plain wrong.

    It's worth it for a giggle or two.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    Agreed: Decent, but...

    I agree with others who note that it's a decent book with some humor (although much of it is corny), but it contains way too many formatting and editorial errors. Decent, but not great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Quick read

    Easy quick read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    Not bad

    Very interesting good read. Cons lots os spelling errors

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

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    Short buy too many errors

    Its a fun little read. But the grammer is bad

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Things that make you say hmmmm

    I had a blast reading this. Will go fact check some of this but now i am ready for jeopardy...lol

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

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    There are books that demand to be read: those who¿s reading brin

    There are books that demand to be read: those who’s reading bring enlightenment and new direction to life, others are read from a seeming directive of the collective unconsciousness, and those that seem to lift the mundane of life to the sublime of living.  Then there are books that are read because they are fun and remind the reader that some things are too important to be taken seriously.  This volume is of the latter group.
    History is as exciting as the ability of the historian to relate the events being presented.  Unfortunately, such ability exciting is in short supply.  Mr. Gregory’s book takes some of the familiar stories taken as historical fact and exposes them as being misrepresented at best or in error at worst.  In other instances, he shows how history has been “hidden” due to its having become familiar and therefore have made it invisible.  In still others, he cites anecdotes that flesh out some of the less interesting or remote moments of history.  Regardless of what he is doing to which moment of history it is all fun reading.
    This is a book that deals with history but it is not a history book.  If history can be defined as “stories (lies) written by the victors,” then this book is a stick used to poke certain of those victors in the eye.  The author holds no part of History as “cow scared” (i.e. Paul Revere, Magellan) that cannot be made in to hamburger and he grinds the beef with profound glee.
    The book is to be read with an eye toward humor, but that does not remove the educational moments.  Learning to differentiate myth from fact, reality from wish, what one was told from what actually happened is an important aspect of a well-rounded education and Mr. Gregory’s intent lies in the reality of that theorem.  There are few moments of questionable content in the book and even those are innuendo.  No bloodshed (except to report history) is offered and there is no “adult” language.
    Had this book been part of the syllabus for my college History course; I may have attended it with more frequency and interest.  I definitely would have been a better student of that dusty discipline.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    The book definitely needs to be proof read but overall it was ve

    The book definitely needs to be proof read but overall it was very interesting. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Bad grammar

    The actual book was good, but many facts are inaccurate and the spelling and grammar were bad.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Stupid History

    Silly, but entertaining. Funny, stupid "facts." There is no backup or substantiation, so you have to determine the truth for yourself. Still it was fun to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    ENTERTAINING!

    This was fun to read but there were definite errors in history! Don't believe everything you read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Ok

    It was an alright book for entertainment. I found a couple of what the author called "facts" untrue, and many spelling errors, but as I said, entertainment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Good to pass time

    As others have said it is a good quick read. However the typos are distracting at times and way too frequent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Easy read.

    This is a very quick and easy read and has some interesting tid-bits, but not much substance. Kids might enjoy using it to tease their history teachers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    Pretty, pretty, pretty good.

    Fun and full of facts, STUPID HISTORY is a look at stories from history that we made up. Paul Revere's ride? George Washington's cherry tree? Those stories and much more are told without the spin that many of us were taught in school. -Michael

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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