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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (23 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752452339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752452333
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 674,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Forget anything you thought that you knew about history, especially if you picked up your knowledge of ye olde days in the movies or on TV. A new book, 'Lies, Damned Lies and History' stands the last few thousand years of history on its head and reveals what really happened. --The Weekly News, 16th January 2010

About the Author

GRAEME DONALD is a full-time writer and has always been fascinated by quirks in the English language and history. He wrote a daily column for the 'Today' newspaper for 10 years and followed this by creating a panel game on word origins for 'Back to Square One', which ran for eight years on BBC Radio 2 and 4, and the World Service. He has written several fact books on history and military history, including 'Fighting Talk and Martial Lore'. He lives in Stockport, Cheshire.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Although this very readable book does a good job in setting the record straight on a number of historical events it is written in a slap-dash fashion full of its own inaccuracies including a failure to maintain a correct historical sequence throughout. Worse still, the author allows his own obvious prejudices to colour his interpretation of events. One example of this is his affirmation that "'Bloody Mary' killed fewer of her subjects than did 'Good Queen Bess.'" What he fails to explain is that, considering that Mary reigned for just five years in contrast to Elizabeth's 45, it's hardly surprisng that a higher number of people were executed during the latter's reign. When the figures are accurately researched we soon discover that, percentage-wise, Mary comes out far worse than her younger sister. The author also fails to explain that Elizabeth I was not excommunicated by the pope until 1570, twelve years after she became Queen, which means that it wasn't until after this date that Roman Catholics felt free to try and depose her. Hence the Spanish Armada and all that.

The author's treatment of Galileo is on a par with that meted out to the great man by the Inquisition. This is just another example of how he allows his own prejudices to colour his presentation of the facts. Worse still, his explanations can become quite rambling at times with the result that, what begins as good factual reasoning, often deteriorates into prejudiced diatribe. This book is a wonderful idea, full of promise that all too often deteriorates into poorly presented waffle. Not content to present well researched facts the author mixes them up to such a degree with his own obvious prejudices that, in the end, his explanations are no more reliable than the distorted histories he sets out to correct. This is a sad case of five star promise being reduced to one star status through muddle-headed presentation and obvious bias.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Birch on 1 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Brilliantly readable - and very amusingly written - collection of articles about how so much of the history we all know is wrong. From Boudicca (the result of possible misunderstanding of the meaning a a chant of Victory! Victory!) to Joan of Arc (not called Joan, or D'Arc, or a military leader, or French, or tried by the English, nor probably even executed). Also the lack of Israelites in Egypt, tales of mass cheating at the Ancient Olympics, why fleas could not have caused the Black Death not the fault of fleas, and many more tales right up to the Second World War.

Well argued, and entertaining. Anyone interested in history will love this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 20 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is an entertaining read but unfortunately suffers from the same errors that it tries to correct.

The very first article shows a basic lack of research into the use of chariots in the classical world. And things only get worse after that. To categorise the Roman period as "pre history" is quite simply sloppy.

Unfortunately I couldn't take the authority of the book seriously after this - which is a shame.
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This book plays on the popular them of history "What if they got it wrong?"

The first thing I say was the statement "The Great Plague was not bubonic?
So I went to the index and there was no "The" or "Great" or "Plague" or "bubonic". After getting over the shock I did find a great section on plagues. The author debunked everything from rat-fleas to nursery rimes, and went into the Inuit "kiss."

This is so much fun and makes so much sense that you barely notice the absence of footnotes.
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By Mr. Kevin P. Neal on 27 Jan. 2014
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It is truly amazing that some parts of history you accepted as being fact are in actual fact fiction.
A classic example as covered in this book - The British when fighting the Zulus wore red jackets & white pith helmets.
This is a brilliantly conceived book, which has been well written and is very informative.
For those like myself who love their history I would highly recommend this
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