CHARACTERS American History Revised
Als a past that is filled with ironies surprises and misconceptions Living abroad for twelve years gave author Seymour Morris Jr the opportunity to view his country as an outsider and compelled him to examine American history from a fresh perspective As Morris colorfully illustrates through the 200historical vignettes that make up this book much of our nation’s past is uite different and far remarkable than we thought We discover that • In the 1950s Ford was approached by two Japanese companies begging for a joint venture Ford declined their offers calling them makers of “tin cars” The two companies were Toyota an. Enjoyed this outlook in history Loved it
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D Nissan • Eleanor Roosevelt and most women’s groups opposed the Eual Rights Amendmentforbidding gender discrimination • The two generals who ended the Civil War weren’t Grant and Lee • The #1 bestselling American book of all time was written in one day • The Dutch made a bad investment buying Manhattan for 24 • Two young girls aimed someday to become First Lady and succeeded • Three times a private financier saved the United States from bankruptcy Organized into ten thematic chapters American History Revised plumbs American history’s numerous inconsistencies twists and turns to make it come alive again. 200 Startling Statements That Will Never Make It Anywhere But HereHolee Cowpies Batman This publication be a whole pasture full of bullcrap I almost don t know where to start Wellyeah I do This guy is a flim flammaking bank off of being all front Much like the ramblings of ICPInsane Clown Presidentthis guy rapsbut he has no rhymeno reasonand very few facts Now I have to site examples and sourcessee how that goesMr Morris Jrwhich is not something you can expect to find in this publicationyesI am avoiding calling it a book There is a section called Notes which do seem to be the notes Jr jotted down as the inspirations for the imaginative thoughts he got while reading thembut the cited pageslines from the books he mentions Adon t actually state the fact Jr does and Bexists for only a handful of the constant carnie like patter he delivers masuerading as statements He writes There are one story intellects two story intellects and three story intellects with skylights All fact collectors who have no aim beyond their facts are one story men Two story men compare reason generalize using the labors of fact collectors as their own Three story men idealize imagine predict their best illumination comes from above through the skylight What follows is history through the skylight Yep Idealizedimaginedand predicting most readers wouldn t bother to research the validity of his statements Immediately after that he inserts a uote It is better to be vaguely right said John Maynard Keynes than precisely wrong And I honestly can t tell if he s justifyingor just laughingHere s an example of facts you ll find in this thing We all know about the radiation unleashed by the atomic bombs dropped on Japan Recently I was on a business flight from Athens to Cyprus reading the Olympic Airways in flight magazine when I came across this astounding statistic The radiation released at Chernobyl is estimated to have been at least 200 times greater than that of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined Sohis source is an in flight magazine on a city to city hop Which he doesn t provide any reference note to Then he writes But don t stop there keep asking uestions like Eleanor Roosevelt did The country that suffered the greatest radiation it turned out was the United States In top secret tests hidden from the public the US Atomic Energy Commission conducted 126 atmospheric tests in Nevada from 1951 to 1962 Those tests released 148 times the radiation of Chernobyl How much compared with Hiroshima and Nagasaki Multiply 148 by 200 and the answer is almost 30000 And there is no source at allanywhere in the publication for this bit of weird math This isn t just thru the skylight This is Willie Wonka and Charlie shattering through the glass roof kind of skylighting I think skylighting is gonna be my new gaslighting Read this for curiosity Read this if you re boredkilling timestuck in a line Read this to be startled Do not read this for facts Do not uote Jrbecause you will run into somebody who will know instantly how foolish Jr thought folks are
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“American History Revised is as informative as it is entertaining and humorous Filled with irony surprises and long hidden secrets the book does than revise American history it reinvents it” James Bamford bestselling author of The Puzzle Palace Body of Secrets and The Shadow Factory This spirited reexamination of American history delves into our past to expose hundreds ofstartling facts that never made it into the textbooks and highlights how little known peopleand events played surprisingly influential roles in the great American story We tend to think of history as settled set in stone but American History Revised reve. Some of the facts in this book I know are correct Many are very important as well Knowing that the US is not supposed to be a Democracy is something our presidents lack But I noticed a lot of problems in the book So certainly if I spotted some problems then most likely there are For instance our constitution and bill of rights have been intact for 230 years and set the record for continuous government This is not true at all Rome Byzantine and many others surpass 230 years But we don t even follow our constitution any either Looking over the things our government has done over the past 50 years almost none of it is constitutional He says Democracy and economic prosperity go hand in hand but ancient Greece could have a few words to say about this It also contradicts what was said about us not being founded as a Democracy Even though now we are so than everHe mentions Westinghouse paying his workers well and says he knew the thing to do was serve his employees Then he mentions Westinghouse losing everything after going into debt Well one reason he went into debt was because he overpaid his workers And things didn t turn out so good for his workers after many got fired once he lost control of his companies and they were restructured But he really misses the point in this lesson that companies aren t supposed to serve their employees they serve their customersHe says slaves from Africa were mostly indentured servants in one section then says they were slaves for life in Africa and sold as slaves to the whites The second assertion is correct Blacks were rarely indentured servants Whites that were in prison due to debts or other reasons typically were the indentured servants He also has a very strange view on slavery throughout the world compared to the US saying only in the US were blacks slaves for life Well all of south and central America say differently Lifetime slavery was the norm all throughout latin America even before many colonies were started in North AmericaThe entire section in Insull is very distorted Insull wanted regulations to protect him from competition and that s how his companies got so large The phrase no monopoly should be trusted to run itself is still a commonly used piece of sales jargon Monopolies form from government favors and restrictions so so monopoly exists in the first place without government regulations And the regulations that were put in place were not those that were repealed and led to Enron s crimes Enron was cooking the books and engaging in securities fraud Also the US military did not invent the internet The did choose a standard for the TCP protocol and anyone they communicated with had to then use that same protocol which led to it becoming the standard