American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never Made It Into the History Books

American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never Made It Into the History Books

by Seymour Morris Jr.

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Overview

This spirited re-examination of American history delves into our past to expose hundreds of startling facts that never made it into the textbooks, and highlights how little-known people and events played surprisingly influential roles in the great American story.
 
We tend to think of history as settled, set in stone, but American History Revised reveals a past that is filled with ironies, surprises, and misconceptions. Living abroad for twelve years gave author Seymour Morris, Jr. the opportunity to view his country as an outsider and compelled him to examine American history from a fresh perspective. As Morris colorfully illustrates through the 200 historical vignettes that makes up this book, much of our nation's past is quite different--and far more remarkable--than we thought.
 
We discover that:
  • In the 1950s Ford was approached by two Japanese companies begging for a joint venture. Ford declined their offers, calling them makers of "tin cars." The two companies were Toyota and Honda.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt and most women's groups opposed the Equal Rights Amendment forbidding gender discrimination.
  • The two generals who ended the American Civil War weren't Grant and Lee.
  • The #1 bestselling American book of all time was written in one day.
  • The Dutch made a bad investment in buying Manhattan for $24.
  • Two young girls aimed some day to become First Lady--and succeeded.
  • Three times, a private financier saved the United States from bankruptcy.
Organized into ten thematic chapters, American History Revised plumbs American history's numerous inconsistencies, twists, and turns to make it come alive again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385364928
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication date: 09/07/2015
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 516,653
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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