That’s Not in My American History Book: A Compilation of Little-Known Events and Forgotten Heroes

By Thomas Ayres
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7.98 Hours 04/01/2004 unabridged
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That’s Not in My American History Book collects an illuminating treasury of stories edited out of your textbooks. It explains why the Fourth of July isn’t really our Independence Day. It dispels the myth of Paul Revere’s ride. It reveals nineteenth-century political mudslinging that labeled Andrew Jackson a murderer and his wife an adulteress. It even unveils the only vice president ever to compose a number-one pop hit. For generations, history classes reduced the American story into a dry litany of dates, names, and places. Now, Thomas Ayres fills in the gaps, supplying the messy details, reclaiming the overlooked heroes, and correcting the facts you thought you knew. With insight, irreverence, and wit, That’s Not in My American History Book uncovers our unknown past.

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Summary

Summary

That’s Not in My American History Book collects an illuminating treasury of stories edited out of your textbooks. It explains why the Fourth of July isn’t really our Independence Day. It dispels the myth of Paul Revere’s ride. It reveals nineteenth-century political mudslinging that labeled Andrew Jackson a murderer and his wife an adulteress. It even unveils the only vice president ever to compose a number-one pop hit.

For generations, history classes reduced the American story into a dry litany of dates, names, and places. Now, Thomas Ayres fills in the gaps, supplying the messy details, reclaiming the overlooked heroes, and correcting the facts you thought you knew. With insight, irreverence, and wit, That’s Not in My American History Book uncovers our unknown past.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Investigative reporter Thomas Ayresis sets history straight.” Publisher's Weekly
“Ayers’ conjectures and sidelights...put life into what is very often a boring subject for school-aged children.” Denver Post
“Riveting true tales of our less-celebrated national past. Comprehensive and witty.” Virginian-Pilot 
“This compilation of little-known events and heroes gathers all the juicy stories edited out of history textbooks.” Bookwatch

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Author

Author Bio: Thomas Ayres

Thomas Ayres is an award-winning writer and veteran investigative reporter with a passion for history. He has written numerous feature and historical articles for the Dallas Times Herald, the Dallas Morning News, and Civil War Times’ quarterly publication Columbiad. He has received awards for writing and reporting from the Associated Press, United Press International, and the Southwest Journalism Forum. Now retired, he lives and writes in his hometown of Jonesboro, Louisiana.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 7.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English