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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (288 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Farquhar Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Best-selling journalist Michael Farquhar, popular author of A Treasury of Great American Scandals, ransacked the archives to rescue 30 almost-famous Americans from the dust bin of obscurity. These colorful figures range from Mayflower Murderer John Billington (1624) to Dick Fosbury, father of the Flop (1968). Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 2/9/2014

    " Interesting look at some forgotten Americans. Well researched, easy to read, but a bit depressing since (spoiler here....) most of those showcased in this book didn't leave this world in a happy state of mind! So definitely a good book to learn about little-known Americans but don't expect a "happy" book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitchell | 2/7/2014

    " A great idea for a book and a reminder of how many truly colorful characters have made this country what it is. I had heard of a few of these people, but I was truly amazed by some that I hadn't. The real stand-out for me was Richard Mentor Johnson, the war hero who killed Tecumsah, became a Senator and Van Buren's Vice President. He had real presidential ambitions, but one big "problem". He considered lived with a slave woman as his wife and had three children by her. The "problem" was he considered them to be equals and expected Washington society to treat them accordingly. Basically, the VP had a Black wife. People told him they couldn't support him for President for that reason alone. That's just one of many amazing tales of U.S. history in this fun quickie read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelina | 2/2/2014

    " Not bad, but some of these people probably should have stayed forgotten. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey Corbett | 1/29/2014

    " This is a fun little book, exploring the history of some interesting people that don't always make the pages of the traditional history books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 1/20/2014

    " I love this guys books, it's what I always crave useless interesting informations about people we forgot to remember. This one keeps up with the integrity of his other books very well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 1/19/2014

    " Saw it on the library shelf, had to get it. One minor disappointment so far: Emperor Norton I is not in the table of contents! But the rest of the collection are nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharonbrown3158 | 1/15/2014

    " I love Farquhar. His work was always so interesting. My favorite character from this one is definitely Heddy Green, the world's most famous miser. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lilja | 11/29/2013

    " 20 or so short stories about Americans who lived incredible lives and deserve to be remembered. For an amateur history buff like myself it's really fun to discover these colorful people and more fun to pass on the reading to my nephew. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 11/28/2013

    " I did enjoy the information I came across with my skimming--the stories themselves are fascinating and ones I wouldn't have come across otherwise, but this was a book I was glad to get through quickly because the writing was laborious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 9/18/2013

    " Royal Scandals is better - but this is good for the "who the heck was that" category. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Troy Martin | 8/7/2013

    " Very Good. truly a treasury. Wonderful stories for a history teacher. Diverse in time and diverse in color. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/5/2013

    " This was a very cool read about some overlooked American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 12/30/2012

    " I love this stuff...what they don't teach you in school. Fascinating snippets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David R. | 6/27/2012

    " A nifty collection of short biographies on a fascinating cast of characters from the Pilgrim settlement onwards. Most were unknown to me but came to life in this telling. Well worth reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabella Wilson | 6/21/2012

    " Pirates were not always men...and the ladies were quiet a blood thirsty lot...the people forgotten should not have been... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Montgomery | 5/11/2012

    " I love these books because they are fascinating and easy to pick up and put down. Michael Farquahr stops at the Borders at BWI and occasionally leaves a few signed copies. I was lucky to get a signed copy of this one and am thoroughly enjoying it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/27/2011

    " Fun and informative--loved it! It's not so much a sit down and read it all at once book, but it's great for a chapter or two here and there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roxy (r_a_black) | 12/7/2011

    " Some of these, very few, were actually quite interesting, but unless you're a big history buff lots of these won't matter to you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiah | 11/28/2011

    " It is a Max Du Preez collection of forgotten historical figures made for Americans. An easy non-fictional read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 11/18/2011

    " Very interesting read. This book is about people who were important to history but eventually forgotten. I recommend this book for anyone who loves history and wants a clearer photo of what actually happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 travelerblue | 9/14/2011

    " Fun tidbits of American history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey De Pew | 6/1/2011

    " A fun, light read about historic people who are historically overlooked. It was a great read for a long flight home. Also a great conversation starter on the plane:-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 3/5/2011

    " I did enjoy the information I came across with my skimming--the stories themselves are fascinating and ones I wouldn't have come across otherwise, but this was a book I was glad to get through quickly because the writing was laborious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabella | 1/18/2011

    " Pirates were not always men...and the ladies were quiet a blood thirsty lot...the people forgotten should not have been... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 3/9/2010

    " Fun and informative--loved it! It's not so much a sit down and read it all at once book, but it's great for a chapter or two here and there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 2/3/2010

    " Very interesting read. This book is about people who were important to history but eventually forgotten. I recommend this book for anyone who loves history and wants a clearer photo of what actually happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 1/11/2010

    " I love these books because they are fascinating and easy to pick up and put down. Michael Farquahr stops at the Borders at BWI and occasionally leaves a few signed copies. I was lucky to get a signed copy of this one and am thoroughly enjoying it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiah | 1/7/2010

    " It is a Max Du Preez collection of forgotten historical figures made for Americans. An easy non-fictional read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharonbrown3158 | 5/8/2009

    " I love Farquhar. His work was always so interesting. My favorite character from this one is definitely Heddy Green, the world's most famous miser. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Troy | 4/22/2009

    " Very Good. truly a treasury. Wonderful stories for a history teacher. Diverse in time and diverse in color. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 1/24/2009

    " This is a fun little book, exploring the history of some interesting people that don't always make the pages of the traditional history books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 12/14/2008

    " Interesting tidbits, but with a disjunctive ordering of chapters.
    The middle chapters would have made a decent book about the Harding Era cabinet and personalities by themselves, with a little more research.
    Reader was a funky selection for this type of audiobook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 12/5/2008

    " Saw it on the library shelf, had to get it. One minor disappointment so far: Emperor Norton I is not in the table of contents! But the rest of the collection are nice. "

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