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Not So!: Popular Myths about America from Columbus to Clinton

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In sailing westward in 1492, did Columbus defy the prevailing belief that the Earth was flat? Was Thomas Paine an atheist? Was Truman plucked from obscurity to be FDR's running mate in 1944? Are presidential campaigns nowadays far dirtier than they were in the past? Is Hillary Clinton the most active or influential First Lady ever? Not so, says Paul Boller, in this delight ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 5th 1995)
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Paul Madarasz
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I do love a good debunking, and this book has it in spades. As ol' Sam Clemens said, "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."
Jeff Ford
Jan 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Got McCarthy all wrong. The red scare was real. Read M. Stanton Evans' book. I guess it is hard to let go of some myths. Especially those that stand so prominently in the progressive imagination.

I'm coming to realize that the true parts are all things anyone mildly interested in history already know about. The rest are revisionist fantasies.
Ashley
An interesting read. My only real problem with the book is that I felt that anyone with a fairly basic understanding of american history probably knows that about 50% of the "myths" covered in the book are false. But definitely worth a quick read for some of the more obscure topics and anecdotes.
JP
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
The author debunks some of the most famous myths and common misperceptions about history, from colonial America to Clinton. Educational, fun.
Kevin
Mar 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: history
Maybe it was because I already had read similar books and knew the same old myths, but even so the book was written tediously and was a bore to read. Skipped most of it.
Denise
An entertaining read that helped clear the cobwebs from some of America's myths and half-truths.
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