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The Greatest Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy Hardcover – Mar 6 2003


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (March 6 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060014016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060014018
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 18.3 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By A Customer on Aug. 6 2004
Format: Hardcover
I don't usually veer into the land of "interesting facts" books, choosing instead to buy some tried and true bestseller like "Angels & Demons" or "The Bark of the Dogwood" instead. So it was with trepedation that I purchased this book. Boy, am I glad I did! This is fantastic! Forget what you learned (or didn't) in school--this is the way to go. Some really, really fascinating things in here and you can astonish your friends and family with these juicy tidbits. Informative and well written, this book also makes a GREAT gift.
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By Jennifer G on April 22 2004
Format: Hardcover
This was an interesting book and a quick read. However, each item only has one page (one side) of information, and this book would have earned a five star review from me if only the content was a bit more fleshed out. Still, a great book for the beginner trivia buff.
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In the past, I have typically not been one for advocating the idea of revising history as we know it, but this book has caused me to wonder if the lessons from the past that have been taught to so many of us have amounted to a series of partially distorted articles, at best, or a pack of lies, at worst.
In one account, there was a leading nineteenth-century American literary figure who wrote a fictional work on one of the most famous explorers from the late 1400's. It portrayed this particular individual as mainly a visionary who overcame the superstitions of his time in order to make great discoveries. Though this picture might be partly true, a key issue brought forth was entirely fictional. Nevertheless, this particular book became very popular as a required reading for schoolchildren and over time, because of the heroic elements espoused, the tales were so popular that people wanted to believe them to be factual. Since then, this author's version of this explorer's events "would long endure in the national consciousness" and be immortalized as history as it actually happened. Talk about a paradox: to be regarded as someone who would go down in history as someone who overcame myths in such a way that it, itself, is another myth. Sheesh!!
Though many a fact finder might wish that this particular legend could be isolated as the only fairy tale that has been misconstrued for truth, The Greatest Stories Never Told reveals to the reader that this is not so. There are other accounts that show that our significant historical events are not always due to forthright purposes set out by forthcoming, stout individuals. Sometimes random elements come into play à la The Butterfly Effect that can have a significant impact upon the outcome of a war.
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By L O'connor on Nov. 25 2003
Format: Hardcover
A very entertaining collection of stories of unusual events and people from history. Arranged chronologicaly, starting with the Romans who stole time, and proceeding through such enthralling tales as the man who didn't discover America because he wanted to get home,and king Edward II' valiant but futile attempt to ban soccer (now I know why he was murdered, it was enraged footer fans). Some cherished myths are briskly disposed of, like the notion that medieval people thought the world was flat, and we learn that the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth Rock because they'd run out of beer. A few of the stories in this book were known to me already, most weren't. At $12.57, that's only about 12 cents per fascinating fact, cheap at the price I would say. Who would you say was the most unlikely person to have saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son? If you don't know already you need to buy this book.
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Beyer is an author who is dedicated to making history interesting and fun, which he does so well in this collection of one page stories. I found the book especially interesting because of the background work the author had put into his research (the imprint of the History Channel did not hurt either) which raised these tidbits above the normal trivia, or potential urban legends. Beyer highlights some things that should not be lost in the mists of history, and points out historical facts that may be glossed over in many other history books. There is nothing earth shattering here, but more than a few will make you scratch your head, or share with others in conversation. A great book for dipping your toe in history - each story is about a page of text and is well illustrated. There is just enough to get you the interesting point without boring you. It's a truly fun and fascinating book.
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Format: Hardcover
A fantastic collection of historical trivia. I found myself saying "wow, I didn't know that," as I turned each page. Great watercooler or dinner party conversation starter, but avoid the urge to reveal the juiciest tidbits as you're recommending the book to friends and family...it's harder than you think! The stories are fascinating! Makes an excellent gift for all ages.
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A fantastic collection of historical trivia. I found myself saying "wow, I didn't know that," as I turned each page. Great watercooler or dinner party conversation starter, but avoid the urge to reveal the juiciest tidbits as you're recommending the book to friends and family...it's harder than you think! The stories are fascinating! Makes an excellent gift for all ages.
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