A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans: Pirates, Skinflints, Patriots, and Other Colorful Characters Stuck in the Footnotes of History

A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans: Pirates, Skinflints, Patriots, and Other Colorful Characters Stuck in the Footnotes of History

by Michael Farquhar
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A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans: Pirates, Skinflints, Patriots, and Other Colorful Characters Stuck in the Footnotes of History by Michael Farquhar

A lively, compulsively browsable collection of neglected notables-from the bestselling author of A Treasury of Royal Scandals

"History," wrote Thomas Carlyle, "is the essence of innumerable biographies." Yet countless fascinating characters are relegated to a historical limbo. In A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans, Michael Farquhar has scoured the annals and rescued thirty of the most intriguing, unusual, and yes, memorable Americans from obscurity. From the mother of Mother's Day to Paul Revere's rival rider, the Mayflower murderer to "America's Sherlock Holmes," these figures are more than historical runners-up-they're the spies, explorers, patriots, and martyrs without whom history as we know it would be very different indeed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143113058
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/25/2008
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.33(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Farquhar is a writer and editor at the Washington Post specializing in history. He is the author of the bestsellers A Treasury of Great American Scandals and A Treasury of Royal Scandals. He appeared on the History Channel’s Russia, Land of the Tsars and will be featured on a forthcoming program about the French Revolution.

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Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans: Pirates, Skinflints, Patriots, and Other Colorful Characters Stuck in the Footnotes of History 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This and any of Michael Farquhar's books are a great way to learn the history they didn't teach you in school. It's put forth plainly and with little emotive reasoning behind it, which is nice compared to most politically stated histories I like the voice and the ideas are clear and flow from one to the other without struggle. My new favorite nightstand books!
SuperReaderChick More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting and informative book. I knew about many of the events mentioned in the text, but I did not know about all of the colorful characters mentioned. I enjoyed each short section on another of history's long-forgotten friends and foes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one took a little longer to read than the Royal Scandals book...but it was entertaining nevertheless.
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