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I Love Paul Revere, Whether He Rode or Not
ISBN 0060163461 / 9780060163464 / 0-06-016346-1
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Bestselling author Richard Shenkman exposes the self-serving patriotic myths peddled by politicians, and the illusions we ourselves have about the way we worked and prayed, drank and played. Among the revelations based on fresh research: A million swore they heard her voice during World War II, but Tokyo Rose never existed. - Pilgrims didn't dress in black, and weren't always revered. - It wasn't "the people" who ran the New England town meetings in colonial times, it was the town aristocrats. Elections were rigged and backroom politics were common. - Nobody starved or froze ay Valley Forge. - Americans today may worship the flag, but George Washington never carried the flag in battle and John Adams didn't even know what it looked like. - City parks were not created to provide us with pleasure but to make us behave better. - Ben Franklin wrote about the importance of saving money, but he never saved any. - Horatio Alger may have been overly sentimental, but his real crime was pederasty. - Prohibition may be considered a failure, but the consumption of alcohol dropped by half during the 1920s. [via]