By Seymour Morris Jr.
“American historical past Revised is as informative because it is wonderful and funny. full of irony, surprises, and long-hidden secrets and techniques, the ebook does greater than revise American background, it reinvents it.” —James Bamford, bestselling writer of The Puzzle Palace, physique of secrets and techniques, and The Shadow Factory
This lively reexamination of yank heritage delves into our earlier to show hundreds and hundreds of startling proof that by no means made it into the textbooks, and highlights how little-known humans and occasions performed unusually influential roles within the nice American story.
We are likely to contemplate background as settled, set in stone, yet American background Revised unearths a prior that's choked with ironies, surprises, and misconceptions. residing overseas for twelve years gave writer Seymour Morris Jr. the chance to view his state as an intruder and forced him to ascertain American background from a clean viewpoint. As Morris colorfully illustrates in the course of the 2 hundred ancient vignettes that make up this e-book, a lot of our nation’s previous is kind of different—and way more remarkable—than we thought.
We become aware of that:
• within the Fifties Ford was once approached by way of jap businesses begging for a three way partnership. Ford declined their bargains, calling them makers of “tin cars.” the 2 businesses have been Toyota and Nissan.
• Eleanor Roosevelt and such a lot women’s teams adversarial the equivalent Rights Amendment
forbidding gender discrimination.
• the 2 generals who ended the Civil conflict weren’t provide and Lee.
• the number 1 bestselling American booklet of all time used to be written in a single day.
• The Dutch made a nasty funding paying for long island for $24.
• younger women aimed sometime to develop into First Lady—and succeeded.
• thrice, a personal financier stored the us from bankruptcy.
Organized into ten thematic chapters, American background Revised plumbs American history’s quite a few inconsistencies, twists, and turns to make it come alive back.
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78 I have tried throughout this book to avoid the urge to “go to history” as a tourist without a clear idea of how a particular chron- 22 / Chapter One icle might serve specific conceptual goals. Rather, historical research must maintain a constant dialogue between research goals and the efficacy of the archival materials that bring that history to light. 79 I also recognize that reliance on texts in the form of policy statements, memoranda, technical reports, and the like—both public and classified—is not without epistemological and methodological dilemmas.