The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln: And 44 Other Forgotten Figures from History

The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln: And 44 Other Forgotten Figures from History

by Graeme Donald
     
 

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A revealing look at history’s most important also-rans, bit-players, and might-have-beens

 

Most people know that Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, but who shot John Wilkes Booth? The answer: Thomas Boston Corbett, who went mad instead of finding fame and fortune. We know about the great men whose actions changed the course of

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A revealing look at history’s most important also-rans, bit-players, and might-have-beens

 

Most people know that Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, but who shot John Wilkes Booth? The answer: Thomas Boston Corbett, who went mad instead of finding fame and fortune. We know about the great men whose actions changed the course of history, but what about the men whose actions affected those men? This is their book. Offbeat and engaging, The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln reveals the stories of forty-five of history’s most significant but little-known game-changers, including:

 

- Pierre Basile, the crossbowman whose arrow hit Richard I

- John Barry, the confederate who mistakenly shot Stonewall Jackson

- Lee Duncan, the serviceman who rescued a puppy from the trenches of World War I and brought him home to America, where he became famous as Rin Tin Tin

- Hanna Reitsch, Hitler’s personal pilot

 

If you think you know your history, think again.

Editorial Reviews

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"Graeme deftly mixes those deserving of recognition with those who are overrated, painting a picture of past events that is at once more fascinating, more human, and a bit less familiar. The details are rich, the stories compelling, and the characters larger than life. It's when you start digging into the real minutiae that history comes alive, and Graeme's book delivers in spades, adding vividness and personality to strange and influential moments in time." —Sacramento Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762775842
Publisher:
Lyons Press, The
Publication date:
11/22/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Graeme Donald is the author of Loose Cannons (Lyons Press) and Sticklers, Sideburns & Bikinis. He has written and broadcast on the origins of words, nursery rhymes, superstitions, and popular misconceptions for many years. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows. 

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