By Seymour Morris Jr.
“American background Revised is as informative because it is enjoyable and funny. choked with irony, surprises, and long-hidden secrets and techniques, the publication does greater than revise American background, it reinvents it.” —James Bamford, bestselling writer of The Puzzle Palace, physique of secrets and techniques, and The Shadow Factory
This lively reexamination of yank background delves into our earlier to show enormous quantities of startling evidence that by no means made it into the textbooks, and highlights how little-known humans and occasions performed unusually influential roles within the nice American story.
We are inclined to think about historical past as settled, set in stone, yet American heritage Revised finds a previous that's packed with ironies, surprises, and misconceptions. dwelling overseas for twelve years gave writer Seymour Morris Jr. the chance to view his kingdom as an intruder and forced him to check American background from a clean point of view. As Morris colorfully illustrates throughout the two hundred historic vignettes that make up this ebook, a lot of our nation’s prior is sort of different—and way more remarkable—than we thought.
We notice that:
• within the Nineteen Fifties Ford used to be approached by way of eastern businesses begging for a three way partnership. Ford declined their deals, calling them makers of “tin cars.” the 2 businesses have been Toyota and Nissan.
• Eleanor Roosevelt and so much women’s teams adversarial the equivalent Rights Amendment
forbidding gender discrimination.
• the 2 generals who ended the Civil battle weren’t provide and Lee.
• the number 1 bestselling American ebook of all time used to be written in a single day.
• The Dutch made a foul funding procuring long island for $24.
• younger ladies aimed sometime to develop into First Lady—and succeeded.
• thrice, a personal financier stored the us from bankruptcy.
Organized into ten thematic chapters, American background Revised plumbs American history’s various inconsistencies, twists, and turns to make it come alive back.
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American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never Made It into the Textbooks by Seymour Morris Jr.