- Tapa dura: 224 páginas
- Editor: Harper Collins (1 de marzo de 2003)
- Colección: Greatest Stories Never Told
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0060014016
- ISBN-13: 978-0060014018
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº142.168 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
The Greatest Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy (Inglés) Tapa dura – mar 2003
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"Surprising.the essentials of fascinating stories are here." -- Dallas Morning News
"Full of tasty morsels.A delightful book to arm one for the next dull cocktail party." -- Chicago Tribune
"History like you've never read it before.Amusing." -- The Tennessean
"Full of tasty morsels...A delightful book to arm one for the next dull cocktail party."--Chicago Tribune
"History like you've never read it before...Amusing."--The Tennessean
"100 stories you haven't heard will delight in knowing....Lively, offbeat and surprising in quick-hit snippets."--Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Surprising...the essentials of fascinating stories are here."--Dallas Morning News
Full of tasty morsels A delightful book to arm one for the next dull cocktail party. --Chicago Tribune"
Surprising the essentials of fascinating stories are here. --Dallas Morning News"
100 stories you haven t heard will delight in knowing. Lively, offbeat and surprising in quick-hit snippets. --Denver Rocky Mountain News"
History like you ve never read it before Amusing. --The Tennessean"
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History isn't always made by great armies colliding or by great civilizations rising or falling. Sometimes it's made when a chauffeur takes a wrong turn, a scientist forgets to clean up his lab, or a drunken soldier gets a bit rowdy. That's the kind of history you'll find in The Greatest Stories Never Told.
This is history candy -- the good stuff. Here are 100 tales to astonish, bewilder, and stupefy: more than two thousand years of history filled with courage, cowardice, hope, triumph, sex, intrigue, folly, humor, and ambition. It's a historical delight and a visual feast with hundreds of photographs, drawings, and maps that bring each story to life. A new discovery waits on every page: stories that changed the course of history and stories that affected what you had for breakfast this morning.
Consider: The Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock because they ran out of beerSome Roman officials were so corrupt that they actually stole time itselfThree cigars changed the course of the Civil WarThe Scottish kilt was invented by an Englishman
Based on the popular Timelab 2000(r) history minutes hosted by Sam Waterston on The History Channel(r), this collection of fascinating historical tidbits will have you shaking your head in wonder and disbelief. But they're all true. And you'll soon find yourself telling them to your friends.Ver Descripción del producto
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Stories are from all over the map and cover from B.C.to the present time .Some of the things you'll find:
Saint Patrick was an Englishman by birth.
The music for "The Star-Spangled Banner" was from a popular
English drinking song.
Where did the term "boycott"come from?
Did you know a US Warship fired a torpeo at another Warship carrying President Roosevelt, missing it by about 100 yards.
How a dead man duped Hitler.
And that's just for starters!
Oh Yeah, My title was a statement made by Tolstoy;who knew a thing or two about history.Then again,who knows,maybe he didn't say that at all.
In the final analysis, you just can't rely on books like these to really teach you history. The best you can do is read what they tell you and then try to verify it. If only the author had bothered to check the History Channel's own account of the Children's Crusade on their website, or perhaps read the excellent paper done by Peter Raedts in the Journal of Medieval History, or even just checked out the brief but accurate entry online in wikipedia. The book gave two pages to this event, and sadly got it completely wrong.
For this gross oversight, I am compelled to give it one star. Readers of history, never just believe what you read - verify.