How George Washington Fleeced the Nation: And Other Little Secrets Airbrushed From History

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"All Americans recite the central tenets of our creation document. In its own words, it purports to be the 'unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America' done 'In Congress, 4 July 1776.' In actuality, the vote for independence had been taken two days earlier, on 2 July. At the time, John Adams, who would later be the second President, wrote that 2 July would ever more be celebrated as the birth of the nation. The only significance the Fourth of July had was for being the day Congress formally adopted the text of Jefferson's

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Overview

"All Americans recite the central tenets of our creation document. In its own words, it purports to be the 'unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America' done 'In Congress, 4 July 1776.' In actuality, the vote for independence had been taken two days earlier, on 2 July. At the time, John Adams, who would later be the second President, wrote that 2 July would ever more be celebrated as the birth of the nation. The only significance the Fourth of July had was for being the day Congress formally adopted the text of Jefferson's declaration."

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Mason, who rose to fame for tackling Napoleon's hemorrhoids, has fashioned himself into something of a historical tattler. Washington's big sin, it seems, was a carelessness with money, both his own and the nation's, and a greed for land that occasionally flouted the law. Amid the myth-busting "other little secrets" are tales of a cancer battle that left President Cleveland with a rubber jaw and the assertion that Lyndon Johnson was involved with the Kennedy assassination. Some stories included here are not quite as airbrushed as Mason may think; Hitler's Jewish ancestry and JFK's chronic womanizing are not exactly secrets. Still, there are mysteries to ponder and images to be shattered. Readers' eyebrows may rise at some of Mason's assertions; for instance, if his claims about Mahatma Gandhi are accurate, the world was duped into believing a well-crafted myth about a power-hungry narcissist. Few illustrious names are spared; even the innocuous Louis Pasteur is scrutinized for stealing the formula for a sheep vaccine from another scientist. It's a diverting read, and whether or not these tales are true or turn out to be myths themselves, Mason has crafted a provocative collection of secrets. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616080754
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 977,246
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil Mason has amassed one of the world’s largest private collections of cuttings and books chronicling bizarre stories. He is the author of Mission Accomplished!, Napoleon's Hemorrhoids, and How George Washington Fleeced the Nation. He lives in England.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 History's Heroes-Hits or Myths? 1

2 Politics-Dark Arts Getting Darker 50

3 America - (Uh) Oh America! 98

4 War - Nasty Realities 121

5 Royalty - Regal Façades 154

6 Science - New Discoveries 175

7 Reputations - The Unexpected 188

8 Arts - Unvarnished Truths 212

Index 255

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Factual at least

    But I will admit to being put off by reading about the American "creation story" when it is written with a clearly British point of view. The quotation marks are slightly offensive; in the same way a subject of the crown would receive this statement: "are you taking tea with "the Queen" this afternoon?" It sounds like mocking.

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