Fable, Fact and History Willis Thornton

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Fable, Fact and History  by  Willis Thornton

Fable, Fact and History by Willis Thornton
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[From the book flap] Are you under the impression that the Boston Massacre was an unprovoked mass-murder of unarmed and inoffensive civilians? The real story is quite different.Did Pocohontas dramatically save John Smiths life? Perhaps, but theMore[From the book flap] Are you under the impression that the Boston Massacre was an unprovoked mass-murder of unarmed and inoffensive civilians? The real story is quite different.Did Pocohontas dramatically save John Smiths life? Perhaps, but the whole known story is more interesting than you think.Do you incline to believe the stories about the strange deaths of presidents Harding and Roosevelt?

Or those about Trotsky, Hitler, even Kitchener?Did John Wilkes Booth escape his pursuers?Have you suspected that governments often shape history, or the deft hands of forgers?Did Richard III really murder the little princes in the Tower, as Shakespeare said? Many serious people are now defending this man, whom we were taught to regard as an arch-villain.How much of a historical novel is history?It is with such matters that Thornton is concerned in this immensely readable and provocative book.

He has taken many well-known historical events and shown how historical detective work has uncovered the truth about them. And these up-to-date verdicts of careful students are often very, very different from the stories we learned as school children. His book may prove disillusioning about certain persons and events in history, but never about the truly great, or about history itself. You will find in it no smart-alecky debunking. Like many others, Thornton began to sense the true greatness of George Washington only after the plaster saint image created by the cherry tree legend had been smashed.In the expectation that readers will want to go deeper into some of the subjects discussed, the author has appended to each chapter an informal chat suggesting further trails that can be followed with pleasure.



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