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Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of the World History


Publisher:Random House Value Publishing



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Whistleblowing historian Richard Shenkman skewers the nonsense we were all taught about the worlds revolutions, religions, heroes, and inventors in a whirlwind tour of history.

Queen Victoria may have usually worn black, but she loved to drink and party.

The English were conned during World War II. Winston Churchills famous finest hour radio broadcast was not delivered by Winston Churchill but by Norman Shelley, an actor hired to be Churchills stand-in.

Marie Antoinette did not say, Let them eat cake, Churchill didnt coin the phrase the Iron Curtain, and Caesar never said, Et tu, Brute?

Scandal in the English monarchy is nothing new: Fifteen kings fathered children out of wedlock. One queen helped depose her husband so her lover could take his place. Three English kings were gay.

Eclectic, eccentric, edifying, and fun, Richard Shenkmans eye-opening revelations prove that much of history is indeed but a fable agreed upon.

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