The Awful Truths: Famous Myths, Hilariously Debunked

Paperback | September 5, 2006

byBrian M. Thomsen

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ho was Mario Puzo's model for the Don Corleone character in The Godfather? Was it Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonanno? The infamous Salvatore Maranzano? No . . . it was Puzo's mother! Senator Joseph McCarthy was responsible for the infamous "Hollywood Blacklist," right? Well, actually . . . no, he had nothing to do with it.

Perfect for the cocktail party pundit or trivia buff, the quirky tidbits in The Awful Truths turn history, culture, sports, and entertainment upside down. The book examines some of our culture's oldest, most popular myths, and tells the fascinating, hilarious, and shocking stories behind what really happened, accompanied by funny illustrations that bring the players to life. Each truth is supported with ironclad evidence that skillfully explains how and where our misconceptions originated. Sometimes the truth hurts&#8212but with The Awful Truths, it doesn't have to.

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ho was Mario Puzo's model for the Don Corleone character in The Godfather? Was it Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonanno? The infamous Salvatore Maranzano? No . . . it was Puzo's mother! Senator Joseph McCarthy was responsible for the infamous "Hollywood Blacklist," right? Well, actually . . . no, he had nothing to do with it.Perfect for the coc...

Brian Thomsen is the author of several books and an editor of fifteen anthologies and collections, including You Did What? He is also the author of numerous articles, ranging in topic from history to media tie-ins to religion.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:September 5, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060836997

ISBN - 13:9780060836993

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The Verdict is in. Brian Thomsen’s The Awful Truths is guilty of being both entertaining and informative. A supreme achievement.