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By Seymour Morris Jr.

“American background Revised is as informative because it is unique and funny. jam-packed with irony, surprises, and long-hidden secrets and techniques, the e-book 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 historical past delves into our prior to show enormous quantities of startling evidence 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 give some thought to heritage as settled, set in stone, yet American historical past Revised unearths a earlier that's full of ironies, surprises, and misconceptions. residing overseas for twelve years gave writer Seymour Morris Jr. the chance to view his state as an interloper and forced him to ascertain American background from a clean standpoint. As Morris colorfully illustrates during the 2 hundred ancient vignettes that make up this e-book, a lot of our nation’s prior is kind of different—and way more remarkable—than we thought.

We notice that:
• within the Nineteen Fifties Ford used to be approached through 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 so much women’s teams adverse the equivalent Rights Amendment
forbidding gender discrimination.
• the 2 generals who ended the Civil battle weren’t furnish and Lee.
• the number 1 bestselling American publication of all time was once written in a single day.
• The Dutch made a nasty funding deciding to buy ny for $24.
• younger ladies aimed sometime to develop into First Lady—and succeeded.
• 3 times, a personal financier kept the us from bankruptcy.
Organized into ten thematic chapters, American heritage Revised plumbs American history’s a variety of inconsistencies, twists, and turns to make it come alive back.

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In Brest and in Spanish ports, the wheels of his invasion slipped into gear with a great flurry of ship-fitting and war preparations. His plan was to unleash his powerful force to conquer Saint Domingue (now the whole island of Saint Domingo) and enslave it. From there his assault would springboard to New Orleans. After its easy conquest, France would control the Mississippi River. Bonaparte would have dramatically reestablished French dominion. His strike would be so swift that the gullible Americans, not realizing what he was up to, would have no time to prepare a defense; and once France was firmly established in New Orleans, what American force would be able to drive a 10,000-man French army from its fortified positions?

But despite all these compelling aspects of the War of 1812, its fame and interest waned after the Civil War, and its importance seemed to drift into obscurity. January 8 was no longer celebrated with the same zeal as it had been. Before the Civil War, it was remembered as a second independence day, on an equal footing with the 4th of July. Perhaps its fall from that lofty status was linked to the fall of the Confederacy and the subsequent, 6 the war of 1812, conflict and deception The Southern Frontier.

Now five thousand titles is a hefty body of work on any subject, and this contributor opined that with the approaching bicentennial one could expect many more books. ” 6 Poaching and Ephemeral! Dismissive words conjuring up a disturbing mental picture of a closed academic society of anointed researchers and writers pondering over “their” subject in mutual admiration of each other. One can easily imagine a similar mind-set that prevailed in 1543 on the part of arrogant academicians, scoffing at the “poaching” astronomer Copernicus, and his “ephemeral” ideas about the position of the earth in relation to the sun.

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