Legends, LiesCherished Myths of World History

Legends LiesCherished Myths of World History Founder of George Mason University s History News Network and bestselling author of Presidential Ambition and One Night Stands with American History Rick Shenkman is an historian a rebel and a myth

  • Title: Legends, LiesCherished Myths of World History
  • Author: Richard Shenkman
  • ISBN: 9780060922559
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • Founder of George Mason University s History News Network and bestselling author of Presidential Ambition and One Night Stands with American History, Rick Shenkman is an historian, a rebel, and a myth debunker par excellence In Legends, Lies Cherished Myths of World History, he explodes some of the most honored and long held misconceptions about kings and despots, wFounder of George Mason University s History News Network and bestselling author of Presidential Ambition and One Night Stands with American History, Rick Shenkman is an historian, a rebel, and a myth debunker par excellence In Legends, Lies Cherished Myths of World History, he explodes some of the most honored and long held misconceptions about kings and despots, wars and empires, religions, inventions, from the glory days of the Roman Empire to the dark days of World War Two Fascinating, edifying, and irreverent, here is the real world history you were never taught in school for history buffs and confirmed trivia fanatics everywhere

    One thought on “Legends, LiesCherished Myths of World History”

    1. While the writing style is breezy and the topics interesting, Shenkman isn't as keen on his history either. He tends to choose the opinions of historians he agrees with and claims them as solid fact without offering other legitimate opinions (he's especially guilty of this when it comes to Biblical history as it's quite clear he feels it's all made up and chooses only historical opinions that support his). Also, the tone of the book is part academic and part flippant. For someone trying to debun [...]

    2. There's some very interesting stuff in here, but the author's personal biases tend to interfere with things. I'm sorry, but making the claim that Alexander the Great's only significant contribution to history was being really good at killing people is a pretty vast oversimplification. Glossing history is one thing, but some of the claims he makes along these lines are damn near revisionist.

    3. In the introduction, the author writes that we should not trust him to tell the truth [about history], because "[t]ruth, in short, is relative." Okay. I agree. With any work on history, I believe at most we should trust, but verify.I didn't read this entire book. As with all books of this nature, I read only the bits I found interesting. A lot of what I read was not new to me (drat!). Some of what I read was patently incorrect, like the bit about King Richard III.Shenkman says "[t]hat he was a h [...]

    4. Richard Shenkman's Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of World History has lots of fun facts. Some I'd never known, others I'd known and forgotten, and still some that I doubt are true. Nevertheless, I think Shenkman has made a noble effort here.Here's something I didn't know. I didn't know that the England appeased Hitler in the run-up to the Second World War, during Hitler's attempt to reclaim 'German' lands, not out of naivete of his plans but out of weakness. Turns out that England was not [...]

    5. For the most part, I enjoyed this book. It's very short and written in an irreverent, almost flippant voice that makes it fun, quick, and accessible, particularly for readers who may not be interested in the minutia. However, keeping it short and sweet means that a lot of the finer detail is glossed over; often statements are made to the effect that someone did something, no one knows why, they just did. History is way more nuanced than that, and casual readers may get the wrong impression if th [...]

    6. With a good dose of humor that gave me a good chuckle now and then, this book shatters many of the things we were told concerning history. It has been criticized by some as getting some facts wrong. All I can say is that the author is right about many of the myths I already knew. Regarding areas of history that I am weak in, I cannot really say. One area I do know about is the history of the witch persecutions. On page 52 the author says that several hundred thousand witches were put to death du [...]

    7. Absurdly opinionated. A lot of the so called 'truths' aren't really legends - anyone who has read some history knows they are lies or myths. Also, some of the points are just to make a point - having an extramarital affair doesn't not make you a hero potentially. It just means you had an affair. Not being a hero means you didn't do whatever it was that made you a hero. This is the kind of stuff you read on the internet these days. I especially hated his use of all caps to make a point (because a [...]

    8. A cute, irreverent look at popular misconceptions about history. Because I'm already a geek for history, I already knew most of this, and the writing style wasn't always my cup of tea, but I enjoyed it overall.

    9. When I started listening to this, I really enjoyed it. But as chapters went on, it started to sound like a conspiracy theorist had fallen off his rocker. I'm interested to look into this a bit more and see how credible Richard Shenkman really is.

    10. A fairly interesting collection of supposed facts (although quite a few are not seen as such outside of the USA), but it felt a bit rushed, as if a first draft had been quickly knocked up from notes where some depth would have been welcome.

    11. This book takes a look at the different legends that we tend to believe as "true," but really have no basis of truth in them.

    12. A collection of 1-2 page stories. Funny, enlightening. Perfect to read when trying to raise a family. Stimulating enough that I felt 'smart', but short enough to read when hiding in the bathroom.

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