How George Washington Fleeced the Nation: And Other Little Secrets Airbrushed From History

How George Washington Fleeced the Nation: And Other Little Secrets Airbrushed From History

by Phil Mason

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Overview

Our view of the famous is one-dimensional—leading figures from history are summarized in history textbooks with one or two lines: Churchill the war-time genius, Gandhi the poor ascetic—but nobody is perfect and even the famous have their quirks and hidden secrets. How George Washington Fleeced the Nation reveals the often hilarious, sometimes shocking, and always highly informative foibles of the great and the good. Einstein, the most brilliant man who lived, regularly forgot his shoes and never learned to drive. Hitler possibly has a Jewish ancestor. Picasso avoided paying restaurant bills by doodling on their napkins instead. Prepared to be shocked, amused, and outraged at what they didn’t teach you in high school.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628730852
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 210,537
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Phil Mason has amassed one of the world’s largest private collections of cuttings and books chronicling bizarre stories. He is the author of Mission Accomplished! and How George Washington Fleeced the Nation. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 History's Heroes-Hits or Myths? 1

2 Politics-Dark Arts Getting Darker 50

3 America - (Uh) Oh America! 98

4 War - Nasty Realities 121

5 Royalty - Regal Façades 154

6 Science - New Discoveries 175

7 Reputations - The Unexpected 188

8 Arts - Unvarnished Truths 212

Index 255

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