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Fake Heroes: Ten False Icons and How they Altered the Course of History (Hardback)Otto English (author,read by)
As entertaining as it is jaw-dropping, this pacey volume from the bestselling author of Fake History sets the record straight about the less favourable aspects of some of the history’s most famous characters customarily hailed as heroes, from Mother Theresa to JFK Kennedy.
From the author of Fake History, Otto English, comes a shocking yet hilarious look at ten of the greatest liars from our past, examining these previously unquestioned idols and exposing what they were trying to hide.
Was Che Guevara really a revolutionary hero? Should Mother Theresa be honoured as a saint? Is Henry V actually England's Greatest King? And why does JFK's legend continue to grow?
Having exposed some of the greatest lies ever told in Fake History, journalist Otto English turns his attention to some of history's biggest (and most beloved) figures.
Whether it's virtuous leaders in just wars, martyrs sacrificing all for a cause, or innovators changing the world for the better, down the centuries supposedly great men and women have risen to become household names, martyrs, demigods, saints and heroes. But just how deserving are they of their reputations?
Exploring everything from Captain Scott's reckless hunt for glory to Coco Chanel's murky Nazi past, Otto English dives into the hidden lives of some of history's biggest names. Scrutinising figures from the worlds of art, politics, business, religion and royalty, and bringing to light the murkier truths that they would rather have kept buried away.
Separating the myth-builders from the fraudsters and celebrating some of the genuine unsung heroes from our history, Fake Heroes exposes the truth of the past and helps us understand why that matters today.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
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“A fresh look at the biggest names in our recent history”
An excellent and surprising history book. lives of people we all know with all the less savoury bits left in.
“This is an interesting book, well worth a read but with a questioning mindset.”
I enjoyed a lot of this book. It encourages you to question a lot of accepted historical accounts, which is a good thing. However as with books that have a simple premise, I think some nuance has been lost in the... More
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