History's Greatest Lies by William Weir
The Startling Truths Behind World Events our History Books Got Wrong

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The true stories behind historical events give readers a fascinating new look at our past. The revelations shock and amaze by exposing veiled motivations and convenient inaccuracies in well-documented actions by established leaders that often have a continuing effect on the world. Each of the fifteen chapters points out a myth that is held as a common truth in history and summarizes what we think we know. Then the author shreds the tale to academic ribbons using the latest findings on each subject. Each true story sets the record straight, reveals timeless ulterior motives, introduces important personalities who successfully (and suspiciously) avoided responsibility in common history texts, and notes underlining issues that have continued relevance in the modern age. For instance, did Nero really fiddle as Rome burned? Did Paul Revere actually alert the militia that the British were coming? Did the Catholic Church imprison Galileo because his teachings conflicted with the Bible? Weir takes on all these myths and tells the reader what really happened.


About William Weir

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William Weir has written 13 previous books, mostly about military history and crime, including 50 Military Leaders Who Changed the World and 50 Battles That Changed the World. He is a former soldier, a military policeman, and a Korean War infantry combat veteran. He is a retired industrial editor and freelance magazine writer.
Published January 1, 2009 by Fair Winds Press. 288 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In historian Weir's newest, he examines and debunks popular historical myths, trimming the proceedings in a textbook-like assemblage of color illustrations and sidebars.

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There is no shortage of books now in print that correct what their authors perceive to be distortions of historical facts such as Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong in which James Loewen offers what he believes to be the "truth" about various subjects tha...

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