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  • Title: Legends, LiesCherished Myths of American History
  • Author: Richard Shenkman
  • ISBN: 9780060972615
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • The truth and nothing but the truth Richard Shenkman sheds light on America s most believed legends.The story of Columbus discovering the world was round was invented by Washington Irving.The pilgrims never lived in log cabins.In Concord, Massachusetts, a third of all babies born in the twenty years before the Revolution were conceived out of wedlock.Washington may have neThe truth and nothing but the truth Richard Shenkman sheds light on America s most believed legends.The story of Columbus discovering the world was round was invented by Washington Irving.The pilgrims never lived in log cabins.In Concord, Massachusetts, a third of all babies born in the twenty years before the Revolution were conceived out of wedlock.Washington may have never told a lie, but he loved to drink and dance, and he fell in love with his best friend s wife.Independence wasn t declared on July 4th.There s no evidence that anyone died in a frontier shootout at high noon.After World War II, the U.S government concluded that Japan would have surrendered within months, even if we had not bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    Legends LiesCherished Myths of American History The truth and nothing but the truth Richard Shenkman sheds light on America s most believed legends The story of Columbus discovering the world was round was invented by Washington Irving The pilgrims

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    1. Not as scurrilous as the title makes it sound, it s mostly a quick summary of how newer historical research can debunk self serving or nostalgic representations of historical events and figures What gives the book its poignancy, especially 20 years after its first publication, is how little most Americans even know the false facts that are debunked here Do most Americans today believe that President Harding committed suicide, that the Underground Railroad helped tens of thousands of slaves escap [...]

    2. There is a lot of interesting historical information packed in this little volume The writing style is easy to read.If you do not read a lot of history, you might be suprised about the things you thought were true that are either merely legends or facts with some important details neededing to be corrected.A quick, light popular history book aimed at the aveage reader rather than history scholars Very amsuing in spots.

    3. After World War II, the U.S Government concluded that Japan would have surrendered within months, even if we had not bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki I find this hard to believe.

    4. Abandoned this one Didn t like the smug,smart alecky style of writing And most of the surprises are old hat.

    5. Shenkman writes a relatively quick read, about 170 pages on all the things you thought you knew about American history but were wrong about It s informative to a degree but I got sick of this book quickly While I m a firm believer in facts and truth trumping dogma of any kind, it s never fun to read 170 pages of Hey, everything you believe is a lie And it doesn t help that Schenkman s writing style is glib and casual It says on the cover that this book was the inspiration for a show on cable, an [...]

    6. A great book to load onto a mobile device and read in short periods of time when you re waiting for someone or something.

    7. Lies, Legends, and Cherished Myths of American History by Richard Shenkman has the kind of title to make one cringe One may well picture a self righteous professor blasting his gullible readers and their hypocritical teachers, for rejecting truth in favor of fairy tales like Plymouth Rock and George Washington and the Cherry Tree Instead, Shenkman takes a warmer, understanding, almost celebratory tone towards the material He also makes it clear that many of these cherished myths are no longer b [...]

    8. A quick and witty jaunt down the avenues of American history, the lack of primary sources will probably put off the discerning reader of history That aside, the author shares some of his own favorite historians insights into the many legends surrounding that create the American mythos from the country s first Puritans to the sacred cows of Kennedy and Reagan.Conversational in style, I do have to remove stars for the simple fact that in Shenkman s haste to debunk he often oversimplifies very com [...]

    9. Television news reporter now there s a credential Shenkman attempts to debunk some widely held but erroneous beliefs about American history from Columbus to the present day, covering topics such as sex, family, the so called good old days, arts and quotations It s a fine and admirable idea for a book Unfortunately, this book does not deliver the idea s promise.Shenkman uses nearly no primary sources, relying on modern historians research This gives the result that in many instances, his proof of [...]

    10. I wanted something quick, easy entertaining to read on a bus trip This than sufficed No great revelations, in my estimation, but definitely a few tidbits and angles I hadn t known about before The introduction is passionate and very bold in its assertion at how truth is Important, then the author proceeds with flip, brief sketches that barely touch on a subject while clearly not wanting to relinquish being able to bring the subject up this undermines the gravitas of the forward s intentions, ju [...]

    11. Feels dated it was published near the end of Ronald Reagan s presidency Our point of view on American history is shaped by whomever is writing our history books Some of the myths that Shenkman dispels are now common knowledge For example, most readers will not be surprised that Columbus is not the discoverer of America nor was he a good guy Depending on your prior knowledge, others will be a surprise And some will be questioned by astute readers, like Americans being better off than they have ev [...]

    12. This was a re read for me, and although it s somewhat dated due to when it was written, it s still a good read and gives a quick summary of the myths that drive the American peoplee ones they think are historically factual especially As with any real history book, Shenkman notes his sources so he can be fact checked , something historians and other social scientists have been doing for almost a century Still, reading some other reviews, I have to believe that many do not understand what notation [...]

    13. Having read the sequel to this text, Legends, Lies Cherished Myths of World History a few years ago, I knew I would easily be sucked into this work Shenkman does an excellent job relaying his information in a fluid manner without coming across too flippant or unprofessional, and the amount of sources used to create this volume is incredibly abundant In some ways, the book is a breath of fresh air as many of the myths listed in this book are not ones held as prominently any, but read in combinati [...]

    14. Okay, I picked this book up for the bathroom library but then I got hooked into skimming the whole thing last night.It is worth a skim not sure about the accuracy, and he does make some rather broad assertions but I did appreciate it because it was a good poke to my consciousness, when I sink into oh, why don t xxx do like they used it kind of thinking.I did think it was good that Shenkman had footnotes not that I checked on them, obviously I skimmed , and I think my kids might really enjoy it 1 [...]

    15. The book was filled with a lot of interesting facts about the history of the United States and many of the icons we are brought up to revere I was somewhat saddened to learn that some of the landmarks I had visited as a child were not authentic and some beloved tales were fictional Mr Shenkman has a conversational style and, unlike many history books, the text was easy to read and seldom dry.My one criticism is that sometimes the organization was weak Subheadings between topics would have helped [...]

    16. The book is at its best in chapters The Family , Sex , etc that are systematic about deconstructing preconceptions, and it s at its worst when a chapter is little than a bullet point enumeration of corrected information.It s of a launching point for an interest than a resource in itself The references are for the most part secondary sources, which weakens its value A reader interested in some set of revelations would be encouraged to track down the works in question, instead of relying on thi [...]

    17. Interesting stories Many were not myths or at least I ve their heard the debate on their veracity One interesting thing I noticed was that although almost all the authors suppositions were supported by research and footnotes many of those only had one reference while if researching the myths you could easily find references to the validity of the myth I don t say that makes the author wrong only how little we can really be certain of so many truths we take for granted.

    18. Some of the information in this book is interesting.But it s tarred with the gotcha spirit of the whole While that s fun at first, it grows increasingly grating as pages pass.Also, the author is far too fond of citing items as wrong that aren t, just because he apparently doesn t understand them That s a bad feature

    19. For being a non fiction, history book, this was a really interesting book It referenced many things about American history that are widely believed, and then described what was fact and what was fiction in a quick, enjoyable manner I not only learned a lot from this book, but I really enjoyed it as well It s a great reference.

    20. A mixed bag overall some really interesting stories, but at times he doesn t expand on the truth and ends with just that s not how it happened which is unsatisfying somewhat injects his personal politics in the text, which isn t necessary

    21. 1988 copywright TV news reporter stationed in Washington DC authored this NY Times Bestseller Kirkus Reviews wrote, A gold mine for bar bettorsShenkman s jam packed grabbag of topsyturvy Americans amuses and shocks.

    22. Scattershot This is best viewed as bathroom reading There is little depth Often a myth is referred to and refuted in their same sentence It moves from specific facts to broad generalizations It is also dated at this point in content and scholarship.

    23. I thought this was pretty interesting Many stories I already were aware were myths but there were a few eye opening moments, especially related to Christopher Columbus If you are a history buff, I think you will enjoy this book, it is a quick read.

    24. Short and quick, it reads like a list of incorrect myths than anything Nothing too shocking or surprising here I would have appreciated a little detail As it, it really just leaves me wanting to read a bigger book on the same subject.

    25. An easy and quick read, but care should be taken to not put too much faith in Shenkman s work This book may work better as a source for ideas, rather than a referenced source for a serious report.

    26. Nothing earth shattering, although I found the information on William Tell interesting Also curious how long after people lived that these truths about them came out Well written and engaging.

    27. I haven t read this one yet but I read the first edition I thought it was a very good book, well written, what they call an easy read It was humorous.

    28. Fun, easy to read book Kicks over some sacred cows such as everybody believed the world was flat except Columbus, Eli Whitney inventing the cotton gin, the Rough Riders charge up San Juan Hill etc.

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