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on 5 April 2013
For anyone interested in the truth behind the myth this is a good read. Interesting how so many long held beliefs turn out to be false.
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on 3 April 2013
An intense insight to the real goings on throughout history, very honest in structure and capability and a general interesting read.
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on 24 March 2013
I enjoyed reading 'Bad History', but was disappointed that there wasn't more of it. A lot of the book is taken up with references
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on 28 May 2013
A rehash of some old chestnuts. OK as a reminder, although I had doubts about the view point taken concerning some of the items.
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on 7 April 2013
demythologising cleverly done . more topics and greater depth would have improved the book but a good read none the less
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on 24 March 2013
Very informative and fantastic book telling you in easy ways what appears to have been very wrong in our past
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on 20 September 2015
Plenty of examples but not enough details
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VINE VOICEon 20 September 2011
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If you know the British television series, QI, then the best description of this book is QI history. The purpose of this book is to debunk all those universal facts of history; e.g. Australia was established as a penal colony, Watt invented the steam engine, Mussolini made the trains run on time.

The writing style is entertaining and one hungrily devours this book and, if you are anything like me, tit bits will stick in the memory and one will, regularly, return to establish the true facts upon some matter where one's knowledge has been stood upon its head. I have only awarded it four stars because, like the aforementioned television programme, some of the history is pretty obvious such as Watt and the steam engine. Most rational people know that Watt was not the only person working upon the idea of steam power - he just happened to create the first practical example.

Despite this little criticism, the book does contain many truths, which I thought that I knew, and which turn out to be erroneous; sadly, Lincoln was not a champion of black rights, Queen Mary was not a ruthless persecutor of English Protestants, to name but two. Reading items, such as this, leads one to question one's perceived knowledge base, and that is no bad thing. A well researched and entertaining book.
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VINE VOICEon 18 September 2011
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...but it's hard to see who else will be interested. Anyone under the age of 50 is unlikely to have heard of these historical 'myths' unless they studied history at least to A-level, and if they have, they'll realise that most of them have long since been debunked. So what Emma Marriott has actually done is to recycle--at a very superficial level--revisionist history of the last generation or more.

For instance, who is unaware that Scott met his death in the Antarctic because of his own poor planning? And no one with the most superficial acquaintance with American History believes that Lincoln started the Civil War with the intention of freeing the slaves, or even that he believed in racial equality. He even seriously considered sending slaves back to Africa--a point ignored by Ms Marriott. But then her treatment of all her topics is so superficial that we are left little the wiser. Occasionally, she strays into controversial areas, such as Roosevelt's New Deal. Although I agree with her contention that many if not most New Deal policies prolonged the Depression, the issue is still hotly contested by historians and economists.

A slight work in every sense of the word, and only mildly entertaining. You can finsih it in under two hours even if your lips move when you read.
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on 7 November 2016
very intersting read
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