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Reader's Digest the truth about history : how new evidence is transforming the story of the past.

Author: Reader's Digest Association.
Publisher: Pleasantville, N.Y. : Reader's Digest Association, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fascinated by history's mysteries, legends, and lore? The famous and infamous? Chances are you could rattle off facts and figures about many historical events in this book. "And chances are you'd be wrong. Really! Amazing new theories born of cutting edge technology have forced scholars to revise and shatter accepted facts and cherished beliefs, including those in this meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trivia and miscellanea
Miscellanea
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Reader's Digest Association.
ISBN: 0762105232 9780762105236
OCLC Number: 53441271
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 319 pages : illustrations (some color), maps
Contents: Origins of Man --
Introduction --
How man first learned to walk upright --
People are missing from our prehistory --
How meat-eating led to monogamy --
The truth to be found locked up in dry bones --
The misrepresentation of Neanderthal man --
The first Americans were the Japanese --
Signs of age: atomic clocks to count years --
Pre-aboriginal footfalls on Australia --
Ancient Empires --
The huge statues that crushed Easter Island --
In search of Egypt's Scorpion King --
Satellite photos reveal what is lost or buried --
How the olive tree eroded Greek power --
Kilt-clad Westerners in ancient China --
The Greek text that was found by lasers --
How mosquitoes brought on Rome's fall. Stonehenge: built with cranes, set in concrete --
Roman gladiators did not fight to the death --
Crowns and Conspiracies --
Lies and libel did for Marie Antoinette --
Shakespeare: a writer, not a historian --
Royalist plotters poisoned Napoleon --
The vanishing first colonists of America --
What happens when victors write history --
Named: the man who betrayed Anne Frank --
What made Salem's afflicted squeal? --
The throne of England: a very uneasy chair --
Tutankhamun, pawn in a power struggle --
Digging underwater: marine archaeology --
Milestones of History --
The Bastille: an empty prison, a pointless riot --
The real reason why the Lusitania sank --
What the stars tell us about historic events --
A new perspective on the Renaissance --
Magna Carta: a licence to oppress the poor --
The comical farce of the Russian revolution --
How history can be manipulated to tell lies. The Crusades: murder in the name of God --
The secret weapon of the Second World War --
Death and Disaster --
The weird coincidence that killed Glenn Miller --
The volcano that all but ended humankind --
Abraham Lincoln driven half-mad by medicine --
Diagnoses: a doctor's treatment of history --
Why the Kamikaze were not afraid to fly --
Ötzi: the death of the world's oldest man --
Forensic archaeology: a science of detection --
The bizarre travels of Adolf Hitler's bones --
The Hindenburg did not actually explode --
Typhoid Mary: the cook with the touch of death --
Fame and Reputation --
Scott of the Antarctic should have lived --
The kindly nature of cruel Captain Bligh --
The Spitfire did not win the Battle of Britain --
Poisoned chalice: the real Lucrezia Borgia --
The Philistines don't deserve their name --
The myth factory: history and Hollywood --
Custer's men never made the 'last stand' --
In the deadly care of Florence Nightingale --
Artists' impressions: portrait or propaganda --
The dodo was nicely proportioned, not fat. Invention and Discovery --
The Greeks Knew the Secret of Steam Power --
How to get a Nose job 2000 Years Ago --
Who reall beat Columbus to America --
Playing games with the Monopoly board --
Thomas Edison's light bulb was not the first --
Patently absurd: credit to the wrong inventor --
Industrial technology in the farming age --
Surfing started out as a religious ritual --
Why DNA studies are a new form of history --
How China solved a key musical conundrum --
Captain Cook knew the way to Australia --
Fact and Fable --
Noah's flood: now we know it happened --
Cleopatra was short, fat and hook-nosed --
Solved: the mystery of the Pied Piper --
The bones of St Luke are genuine --
The surprising model for Robinson Crusoe --
Birth of a legend: King Arthur was made up --
Where the stuff of legends is made --
Great Scot? Tall tales of William Wallace.
Other Titles: Truth about history
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Fascinated by history's mysteries, legends, and lore? The famous and infamous? Chances are you could rattle off facts and figures about many historical events in this book. "And chances are you'd be wrong. Really! Amazing new theories born of cutting edge technology have forced scholars to revise and shatter accepted facts and cherished beliefs, including those in this meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated oversize book. The result? Stories more compelling than any fiction you could read! Dazzling maps, sidebars and photographs add to the wonder of discovering new information on subjects as varied as how meat eating led to monogamy, how mosquitoes brought about the fall of the Roman Empire, the secret weapon of World War II, the bizarre travels of Adolf Hitler's bones, the truth about Noah's flood, and much more. Perfect for students and history buffs, this book runs the gamut of historical fact and fiction from the origins of man to death and disaster--a more exciting read than any novel.

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