American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never Made It into the Textbooks

American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never Made It into the Textbooks

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by Seymour Morris
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0307587606

ISBN-13: 9780307587602

Pub. Date: 04/06/2010

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

“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
 
 
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307587602
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
453,009
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never Made It into the Textbooks 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BOOKMAVENXXX More than 1 year ago
Morris offers an entertaining, accessible approach to history, brings to light many facts which were "swept under the carpet". The author comes up with numerous shockers, all carefully documented, that the stock market after the 1929 Crash rebounded in 1936, not 1954 as commonly assumed. He shows that the Marshall Plan was no bigger than all the aid plans that had gone before. This book is a real keeper. It contains information I've never seen anywhere else. Enjoy, I know I did!
Stew1622 More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read if you are interested in American History. Love how it's broken down into sections within the chapters.
Agamemnon More than 1 year ago
This a fascinating book, esay to read. It starts off with an 11-page introduction that cites all kinds of intriguing facts and makes a powerful argument for looking at history more creatively. After some 350 pages of various stories,the author closes with an afterword urging readers to "ask questions, think big." In the bibliography he identifies those books that he found "particularly stimulating and provocative." That, this book certainly does. The author brings forgotten history to the fore (George Eastman, George Westinghouse, the battle that saved the North in the Civil War...Monacacy Junction, the US. Patent Office, Hedy Lamarr, etc.), and reveals "facts" that certainly I never knew (Cornelius Vanderbilt was far richer than Bill Gates,the importance of hygience in war, the significance of the English language, the "fake" government surpluses in the 30 years after the Civil War, the ruse that won the Battle of D-Day, the reason for the Electoral College, etc.). This book is very easy to read: the writing is captivating, with occasional flashes of humor and irony that make you smile. In addition to extensive footnotes and bibliography, the book has numerous original photographs. This is a well-researched book. I couldn't put it down.
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