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The Truth About History: How New Evidence Is Transforming the Story of the Past

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We all know that Florence Nightingale was the great angel of mercy who saved thousands of lives by tending to the wounds of Crimean War soldiers, but in reality, her hospital was a much more serious threat to their health than that war's brutal front line.

Any school child can tell you that Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, but in fact another prolific inventor, Hiram M

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 6th 2007 by Fall River Press (first published 2003)
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Glenn Walborn
Mar 21, 2014 Glenn Walborn rated it it was amazing
The The Truth about History by Reader's Digest includes many new scientific information about various topics of human history. The book starts out with the evolution of man, specically the ways the human body evolved through evolution, mutation, and interbreeding with other hominids. The book then goes on to explain misconceptions with various empires, civilizations, dicoveries, conflicts, and people. I really enjoyed this book, because of the wide range of topics that all have been undiscovered ...more
Michael Gerald
Jan 05, 2012 Michael Gerald rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Reader's Digest! Like the earlier "Great Mysteries of the Past", this book delves into thousands of years of history to reveal the truth about events and debunks some previously held myths. I would have wanted to dwell into details, but it would spoil the surprise. Just read it, and you will not be disappointed.
Michael Gerald
Jan 05, 2012 Michael Gerald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the edition that I have. Another great book from Reader's Digest! Just like the earlier "Great Mysteries of the Past", this book delves into thousands of years of history to reveal the truth about some events and debunks some long-standing myths. I want to discuss more details, but it would spoil the surprise. Just read it, and you will not be disappointed.
Pamela Stadden
Aug 26, 2014 Pamela Stadden rated it it was amazing
Don't be taken back by the title, "Reader's Digest". This is actually a very interesting book.

What did I learn?

1. If a ring on a tree is wide, that means it was a wet year.
2. Trotsky was removed from a lot of Russia photos and textbooks once he fell out of favor with the Russian people.
3. The Russian Revolution was not as revolutionary as first perceived. It was actually reenacted several years later where they took the photos for the history books.

And much more,....
Nicole Yovanoff
Jan 02, 2014 Nicole Yovanoff rated it really liked it
This was a great book. Most of the newly revealed facts I was already familiar with, but what was great was how the people came to the conclusion with new technology. The book was well done as to how archeologist now use technology to help them in their field.
K Chikuse
the title is misleading as the first dozen or so pages present the evolutionary perspective as proven "truth" when in fact it is not.

there are some interesting tidbits in the book but overall it's one big steaming turd, not fit for my bookshelf. i threw my copy away.
Susan
Oct 15, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
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These are short little essays, but it's a quick way to catch up with how current scientific advances have changed how we view history.
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