The Greatest Lies in History

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Author: Canducci, Alexander

Title: The Greatest Lies in History

Genre: Non Fiction

Publication Date: 2010

Number of Pages: 335

Geographical Setting: Generally speaking, Earth and its immediate environs.

Time Period: Length and breadth of human history.

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: There is no plot to this book as it addresses, in a case by case manner, the many myths, falsehoods, and outright lies that have passed for history for centuries despite evidence to the contrary. The text is organized by the specific type of cover up, and is divided into four parts: “Spin & Doublespeak”, “Passing the Buck”, “Official Deceptions & Cover Ups”, and “Acting Under False Pretenses”. The pages of this book will shatter many of the legends that have acted as a substitute for history in elementary, high school, and even in some college classrooms.

Subject Headings: History, conspiracy, deception,

Appeal: Quick pace, short chapters, informative, written in the vernacular, accessible, humorous, witty, subversive, historical, well organized, stunning illustrations.

3 terms that best describe this book: Controversial, well researched, life changing.

3 Relevant Non Fiction Works and Authors

1.)  Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond – This book is rational scientific  explanations for why some societies are conquered by other and why some societies simply fail. Diamond looks directly at geographic, epidemiological data, and social phenomena as opposed to taking the essentialist view and attributing societal failure to the individual quality of the people who made up said civilizations.

2.) A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn – Another example of a history text that re-examines historical myth and seeks to replace it with social historical fact; or at the very least provide a “bottom-up” view of American history.

3.) Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond: In this text Diamond focuses on the political and social choices that societies make and how those choices can determine whether a society will collapse under its own weight or last for centuries.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

1.) The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown – This book’s main character attempts to untangle myth from “historical truth” concerning the Catholic Church in this thrilling bit of historical fiction.

2.) The Breath of God by Jeffrey Small – This is a fast paced, thought provoking novel where the main character discovers secrets that run counter to the prevailing history of Christianity.

3.) The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury – Similar to the Da Vinci code in pacing and also in its fictional accounts of cover-ups within the Catholic Church, however the secrets the protagonist uncovers span far beyond the church itself.

Morgan

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