Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History

Paperback | March 26, 2013

byRichard Shenkman

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

The story of Columbus discovering 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 4th.

There's no evidence that anyone died in a frontier shootout at high noon.

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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In seventeen brief, well-documented chapters, this bestselling book sheds light on America's most believed legends. The record is set straight on subjects such as our founding fathers, presidents, education, holidays, and sex in American history.

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The truth and nothing but the truth—Richard Shenkman sheds light on America's most believed legends.The story of Columbus discovering 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...

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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 ...

Richard Shenkman is an associate professor of history at George Mason University and theNew York Timesbestselling author of six history books, includingPresidential Ambition;Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of World History; andJust How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About the American Voter. The editor and founder of George Mason Univ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.5 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060972610

ISBN - 13:9780060972615

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In seventeen brief, well-documented chapters, this bestselling book sheds light on America's most believed legends. The record is set straight on subjects such as our founding fathers, presidents, education, holidays, and sex in American history.

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"Facts go only skin-deep, but they can prickle memorably, which is why books like this, disabusing us of our cherished bunk, are useful and fun." (New York Times Book Review)