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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (327 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Ayres Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Libby Conners | 2/17/2014

    " Had lots of good information that I had never learned in school, very interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeanette | 2/16/2014

    " To me, it was shocking and saddening to learn that we have not been taught the truth about our American heroes and leaders. One thing for sure, students would pay attention if these kinds of stories had been related. The truth hurts; but we are not living in a fairy-tale world where the leaders have unblemished character. I purchased this at Hastings Book store in Paris. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ray | 2/13/2014

    " This book contained a number of interesting and amusing twists to the lessons of history we may have learned in school. I have no doubt that Ayres comes as close or closer to the truth than what convention would have us believe, others may just be an alternative theory. An easy and fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maggie | 1/25/2014

    " good spare time reading. funniest part (for me) was the section on louisiana politicos esp. the Long brothers going at each other. new info (for me): the section on Mary Todd Lincoln esp. the "punch line" "

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