Lies They Teach in School: Exposing the Myths Behind 250 Commonly Believed Fallacies [NOOK Book]

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It is a cliché that history is written by the victors, but what we accept as history is replete with stories of great men and events that either never happened or didn’t happen the way we were told they did. Such items are taught in schools. They are passed down to us by our families and friends and have become part of our shared cultural knowledge. And they are wrong. Touching on a number of topics— including history, current events, government, sports, geography, and popular culture—Lies They Teach in School ...
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Lies They Teach in School: Exposing the Myths Behind 250 Commonly Believed Fallacies

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Overview


It is a cliché that history is written by the victors, but what we accept as history is replete with stories of great men and events that either never happened or didn’t happen the way we were told they did. Such items are taught in schools. They are passed down to us by our families and friends and have become part of our shared cultural knowledge. And they are wrong. Touching on a number of topics— including history, current events, government, sports, geography, and popular culture—Lies They Teach in School exposes errors that have been perpetuated for far too long. It will enlighten and entertain. It will certainly start a number of arguments, and settle a few others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620873458
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 379,367
  • File size: 404 KB

Meet the Author

Herb Reich spent fifteen years as senior acquisition editor at John
Wiley & Sons. Before that, he administered the behavioral science publishing program at Basic Books and served as editorial director of the Macmillan Book Clubs. Along the way, he edited The
Odyssey Scientific Library and contributed to The Random House
Dictionary of the English Language and the Corsini Encyclopedia of
Psychology. The author of Don’t You Believe It! and Numberpedia, he lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
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Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Foreword xv

Section 1 What Not to Believe 3

Our First President 5

Red Square 6

Marathon 7

Burning Witches 8

Post Office Motto 9

Arnold Rothstein and the Black Sox Scandal 10

Dr. Mudd and John Wilkes Booth 11

Grave Robbers 12

Survival of the Fittest 13

Eighteenth Amendment 14

Horatio Alger, Jr. 15

Henry Hudson 16

Caesar and Brutus 17

Rope 18

The Hessians 19

First African American in Major League Baseball 20

Dr. Seuss 22

Bunker Hill 23

St. Patrick 24

Cleopatra 25

Charles Lindbergh 26

Plum Pudding 27

Big Ben 28

Mourning Black 29

Diamonds 30

Quickies 32

Painted into a Corner 33

French Fries 34

Thumbs-up 35

"Save Our Ship" 36

Washington's Wooden Teeth 37

Voyage of the Pilgrams 38

"One Small Step for Man" 39

Nathan Hale 40

Congressional Medal of Honor 41

The Edsel 42

Great Dane 43

Shipboard Marriages 44

No-hitters 45

Matador's Red Cape 46

Catgut 47

Slavery in the North 48

Handshake 49

The Common Cold 50

Paul Revere's Ride 51

Andorra's War with Germany 52

Christian Martyrs in the Colosseum 53

More Quickies 54

Johnny Appleseed 55

President James Buchanan 56

Jeanne d'Arc 57

Birthday Paradox 58

Baby Ruth Candy Bar 59

What Happened to Eve? 60

The Windy City 61

Bottled Water 62

Pi 64

Welsh Rarebit or Welsh Rabbit 65

The Puritans and Religious Freedom 66

Mussolini's Trains 67

Thirteenth Amendment 68

Clothes Moths 69

Still More Quickies 70

Bureaucracy 71

Surrender at Yorktown 72

New York Yankee Pinstripes 73

"Miracle on Ice" 74

Cyrano de Bergerac 75

Boston Tea Party 76

Dumb Thief 77

Panama Canal 78

Harry S Truman 79

The Gettysburg Address 80

Reading in Dim Light 81

Pluto in the Solar System 82

William Tell 83

The Rough Riders 84

Center of the Universe 85

"The Star-Spangled Banner" 86

Eleanor Roosevelt Leaves the D.A.R. 87

Catherine the Great 88

Betsy Ross 89

U.S. Extremes 90

Hindenburg 91

Women's Suffrage 92

Longest Overdue Library Book 93

Lizzie Borden 94

Mission Accomplished 95

Pony Express 96

Lusitania 97

Popular vs. Electoral Votes 98

Campaign Promises 99

Lotteries 100

Hydrophobia 101

Yet More Quickies 102

Jefferson's Declaration of Independence 103

The Devil's Bible 104

President Fillmore's Bathtub 105

Who Invented Baseball? 106

Gone Fishin' 108

The Round Table 109

Unelected President 110

Starve a Fever, Feed a Cold 111

Custer's Last Stand 112

July Fourth 113

"Dewey Defeats Truman" 114

Baker's Dozen 115

Three-Dimensional Baseball 116

George Washington and the Cherry Tree 117

The Shortest War 118

The Jewish Cardinal 119

Prognostication 120

Davy Crockett 121

Mason-Dixon Line 122

Napoleon in Russia 123

General Grant Declines 124

Captain Kidd 125

Recycle Numbers 126

Pennsylvania Dutch 127

Once Again, More Quickies 128

The Dark Ages 129

The Exception Proves the Rule 130

Eisenhower's Misgivings 131

"There's a Sucker Born Every Minute" 132

Section 2 Says Who? 133

Section 3 The Pundits 145

End Note 155

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