Fake History: Ten Great Lies and How They Shaped the World (Paperback)Otto English (author)
An alternative history of the world that exposes some of the biggest lies ever told and how they've been used over time.
Lincoln did not believe all men were created equal. The Aztecs were not slaughtered by the Spanish Conquistadors. And Churchill was not the man that people love to remember.
In this fascinating new book, journalist and author Otto English takes ten great lies from history and shows how our present continues to be manipulated by the fabrications of the past.
He looks at how so much of what we take to be historical fact is, in fact, fiction. From the myths of WW2 to the adventures of Columbus, and from the self-serving legends of 'great men' to the origins of curry - fake history is everywhere and used ever more to impact our modern world.
Setting out to redress the balance, English tears apart the lies propagated by politicians and think tanks, the grand narratives spun by populists and the media, the stories on your friend's Facebook feed and the tales you were told in childhood. And, in doing so, reclaims the truth from those who have perverted it. Fake History exposes everything you weren't told in school and why you weren't taught it.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 32 mm
'A brilliant and important book ... Five Stars!' - Mark Dolan, talkRADIO
'An important new book' - Daily Express
'A wonderful dissection of some of history's heroes and villains who are unfairly castigated or wrongly glorified' - Scotsman
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“Up-to-date cultural references but nothing new here”
Otto English's book is not really for readers with an interest in history looking for something new. None of the so-called "lies" will shock anyone with common sense, let alone an interest in history.... More
Disappointing. Whilst a couple of chapters were quite interesting, most of the stuff in this book revealed nothing new. On several topics he simply makes out that the subject is "fake" when anyone who has... More
“Enjoyable & Eye Opening Read”
I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would highly recommend it.
Everyone believes because it’s written in a history book it’s true however like every story, history is nothing more than a tale from one perspective.
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