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Legends, Lies, and Cherished Myths of American History (1988)

by Richard Shenkman

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As the title indicates, this work is devoted to dispelling many wrongly held beliefs in American history. It is a brief and simple read that can easily be accomplished in a short time.

On a good note, there are some interesting misconceptions discussed. However, the book is rather disjointed and lacks any flow- nor does it contain any real insights or depth of discussion. ( )
  la2bkk | May 23, 2014 |
A highly readable and enjoyable book. ( )
1 vote Poemblaze | Aug 14, 2006 |
Bless my stars! It even has actual references! ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060972610, Paperback)

The truth and nothing but the truth--Richard Shenkman sheds light on America's most believed legends:

The story of Columbus discovered that the world was round was invented by Washington Irving.

The pilgrims never lived in log cabins.

In Concord, Massachusetts, a third of all babies born in the twenty years before the Revolution were conceived out of wedlock.

Washington may have never told a lie, but he loved to drink and dance, and he fell in love with his best friend's wife.

Independence wasn't declared on July 4 (and the Liberty Bell was so little regarded that Philadelphia tried to sell it for scrap metal but nobody wanted it).

After World War II, the U.S. Government concluded that Japan would have surrendered within months, even if we had not bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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The facts about accepted myths of American history.

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