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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: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455181155
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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 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 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 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 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" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Otter | 1/24/2014

    " Probably as good as Shenkman's "One-Night Stands...". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/15/2014

    " Amusing though sometimes cautionary anecdotes from the fringes of U.S. history. Not a continuous or coherent narrative, rather a series of chapters that contain bits of historical trivia related to a theme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lilly-Anne | 1/12/2014

    " Pretty interesting book. Lots of new tidbits I haven't heard before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/9/2014

    " This was fun to read - listen to... lots of 'history' lessons... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/6/2014

    " Some facts I knew. Some I have now learned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 1/1/2014

    " Fun and very funny! It's a good skewer on traditional text book history of our Great Land! And, it has some really fascinating info! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William | 12/27/2013

    " The author did a pretty good job laying out his case. However I believe there was a much myth in the book as the book was trying to dispel the myths surrounding history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 12/8/2013

    " This is what kids should be reading in school and not the made up make everyone feel good garbage that we teach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 11/26/2013

    " The only American History book I've ever enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 11/22/2013

    " Listened to this as an audiobook. It was very interesting, but unfortunately completely unsourced, so you just have to decide if you are going to accept what the author presents as fact or not. Perhaps the printed version would include source references. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zara | 11/20/2013

    " This book is one of the best examples of fun non-fiction I have read. I've always loved history, but it's rare that I find a history book that makes me laugh as much as this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 8/25/2013

    " We are apparently taught a lot of bogus information in school, this book let's you in on the dirty little secrets. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 2/20/2013

    " That's because some of it didn't happen. This is one of those books one might pick up from the bargain bin. If you don't already know your history, just leave this book lying there. Otherwise you'll get a few good anecdotes along with some that are simply not true and have been debunked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaun | 11/17/2012

    " Some very interesting stories, although after looking a little closer a few might be speculative. For example - check out the story on how the song "Taps" was originated. I looked into this and it might just be an urban legend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 4/13/2012

    " Most of us know that we have all been lied to in school, but this book sets the record straight on a little bit of the misinformation that many take for granted as "true." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 1/3/2012

    " I have never enjoyed history, so my rating is probably skewed a bit to the lower end of the scale. But I did find some parts of this book extremely interesting - Benedict Arnold, Christopher Columbus, Thomas Paine, and Arthur Ferguson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 12/2/2011

    " I listened to this on tape and found the stories in it fascinating. My only problem was that there is controversy surrounding some of the stories, and I felt he didn't make that clear. (So don't blindly believe everything he mentions as complete fact.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/4/2011

    " Fun quick read filled with random historical tidbits. I love tidbits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 7/10/2011

    " This book was exactly what I had been hoping "Lies My Teacher Told Me" would be - interesting and obscure anecdotal facts about history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William | 4/9/2011

    " The author did a pretty good job laying out his case. However I believe there was a much myth in the book as the book was trying to dispel the myths surrounding history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 3/26/2011

    " This is what kids should be reading in school and not the made up make everyone feel good garbage that we teach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lilly-Anne | 8/23/2010

    " Pretty interesting book. Lots of new tidbits I haven't heard before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 8/10/2010

    " An interesting collection of historical facts, most of which I have never seen anywhere else. Some fascinating stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 5/7/2010

    " Amusing though sometimes cautionary anecdotes from the fringes of U.S. history. Not a continuous or coherent narrative, rather a series of chapters that contain bits of historical trivia related to a theme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 4/7/2010

    " 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 Maggie | 3/16/2010

    " 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerald | 1/11/2010

    " If nothing else this was an enjoyable alternative look at history. The narrator's dry delivery added signficantly to the enjoyment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 10/12/2009

    " I have never enjoyed history, so my rating is probably skewed a bit to the lower end of the scale. But I did find some parts of this book extremely interesting - Benedict Arnold, Christopher Columbus, Thomas Paine, and Arthur Ferguson. "

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Jeff Riggenbach has narrated numerous titles for Blackstone Audio and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. An author, contributing editor, and producer, he has worked in radio in San Francisco for the last thirty years, earning a Golden Mike Award for journalistic excellence.