Phil Mason thinks of historical facts as malleable. History is a story we tell in order to serve a purpose for the present he says, but these stories aren’t always true to reality. In this audiobook Mason "rattles the skeletons that have been hidden in the cupboard" reconciling the mythical versions of historical figures with the real people they were. We hear about the hidden sides of Presidents and Prime ministers, the eccentricities and shortcomings of famous thinkers and artists. The tone of David Heath’s performance is of a straightforward documentarian at times, though the subject will surprise you, shock you, perhaps even changing the way you think about history.
The hidden quirks and shortcomings of history’s leading figures will change the way you think about history. Our view of the famous is one-dimensional—leading figures from history are summarized in history textbooks with one or two lines: Churchill the war-time genius, Gandhi the poor ascetic—but nobody is perfect and even the famous have their quirks and hidden secrets.
How George Washington Fleeced the Nation reveals the often hilarious, sometimes shocking, and always highly informative foibles of the great and the good. Einstein, the most brilliant man who lived, regularly forgot his shoes and never learned to drive. Hitler possibly has a Jewish ancestor. Picasso avoided paying restaurant bills by doodling on their napkins instead. Prepared to be shocked, amused, and outraged at what they didn’t teach you in high school.
©2010 Phil Mason (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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