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

Not So Popular Myths about America from Columbus to Clinton In sailing westward in 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 Are presiden
  • Title: Not So!: Popular Myths about America from Columbus to Clinton
  • Author: Paul F. Boller Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780195109726
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 delightIn 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 delightfully informative look at some of the most common myths and misconceptions about the American past As he did in his bestselling They Never Said It, Boller provides us with a cornucopia of historical correction, debunking myths that range from the trivial for instance, George Washington did not have false teeth made of wood they were made of ivory to the pernicious FDR did not know in advance that the Japanese planned to bomb Pearl Harbor We learn that most educated people in Columbus s day knew the world was round it was Washington Irving who first portrayed Columbus as defying a coterie of flat earthers that Washington s famous Farewell Address was mostly written by Alexander Hamilton that the Pledge of Allegiance was penned by Francis Bellamy, a devout socialist, in 1892 and it was intended as a paean to big government that Thomas Paine was not an atheist, but a deist as were Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin , and his Age of Reason attacked both organized religion and atheism that Truman was far from an obscure politician in 1944 he had been on the cover of Time in 1943 for his Senate work uncovering waste and fraud in the war industries, and a Look magazine poll placed Truman among the ten figures who had contributed the most to the war effort that presidential campaigns in the old days were vituperative than recent ones and that several First Ladies were influential than Hillary Clinton, most notably Eleanor Roosevelt and Edith Wilson the latter played a crucial role in her husband s administration from 1919 to 1921, after he suffered a massive stroke Boller doesn t simply debunk each myth, but instead provides us with much fascinating history surrounding each case, so that the reader is treated to intriguing discussions of many singular episodes in American history, including the Kennedy assassination, the McCarthy hearings, the events leading up to Pearl Harbor, and Watergate And finally, if the book provides many eye opening surprises and amusing passages, there is also a serious side of Boller s exploration of American myth As he shows, much misinformation has been cooked up for political or ideological reasons By debunking these tales, Boller warns us to question what we hear and what we think we know about America and about our leaders, past and present The chronicles of American history are strewn with legends, fables, folklore, misconceptions, and outright lies Patriotism has set many a tall tale in motion, but so have political partisanship and ideological zeal For everyone who loves history or the truth Paul Boller has given us a candid and absorbing look at the American past that helps us get a good sense of where we have been and who we are as a people.
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    2 thoughts on “Not So!: Popular Myths about America from Columbus to Clinton

    1. Paul F. Boller Jr. Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Not So!: Popular Myths about America from Columbus to Clinton book, this is one of the most wanted Paul F. Boller Jr. author readers around the world.

    2. 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.

    3. This book is broken up into short chapters of various American myths and partial myths Some of the chapters are good with solid historical facts, while others are probably false The research for this book is spotty and heavily biased For a book that supposedly debunks myths, it contains a lot of bad information.

    4. 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.

    5. 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 obscure topics and anecdotes.

    6. The author debunks some of the most famous myths and common misperceptions about history, from colonial America to Clinton Educational, fun.

    7. 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.

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