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They Never Said it: Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes and Misleading Attributions Hardcover – 14 Sep 1989

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc (14 Sept. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195055411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195055412
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,023,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An entertaining book that sifts through hundreds of misquotations, incorrect attributions, and blatant fabrications to reveal the origins of the quotes and why they should be confined to the "They Never Said It" file. Boller and George's reference work sets straight several historical records, proving amongst other things that "Let them eat cake" was a well-worn phrase long before Marie Antoinette was born that although W. C. Fields fervently believed "Anybody who hates children and dogs can't be all bad", credit for the quote must go to someone introducing Fields at a dinner party. It is the perfect complement to dictionaries of quotations.

About the Author

About the Authors Paul F. Boller, Jr. is Professor of History Emeritus at Texas Christian University. His many books include the bestselling Presidential Anecdotes, Presidential Campaigns, and Presidential Wives. John George is Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Central State University, in Oklahoma. He is the author of Public Opinion: Coalitions, Elites and Masses (with Harry Holloway).

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Frank Langben
3.0 out of 5 starsGood book, could have been better
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Honey Mom
5.0 out of 5 starsQuotes and Misquotes
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Kevin M. Donohue
3.0 out of 5 starsThey Never Said It (maybe?)
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4.0 out of 5 starsquite factual too bad there are legions of fictitious quotes they couldn't get ...
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Jens Guld
4.0 out of 5 starsGood book for American fact checkers
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