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Best-selling journalist Michael Farquhar, popular author of A Treasury of Great American Scandals, ransacked the archives to rescue 30 almost-famous Americans from the dust bin of obscurity. These colorful figures range from Mayflower Murderer John Billington (1624) to Dick Fosbury, father of the "Flop" (1968).
©2008 Michael Farquhar; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

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Ok book - frustrating audiobook

Each chapter of this book covers a different person, so it would be a perfect book to skip around. However, the track breaks on the audiobook don't mirror the chapter breaks, so you pretty much have to listen to the whole book consecutively to know who is the subject of each chapter.
The content is interesting enough - just basic anecdotal history.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Lives up to it's title well

This was fantastic, and lived up to its title. A great glimpse into history without being pedantic, several times I even laughed out loud or scoffed at the tales. Some of the most colorful characters throughout American history who you've never heard of. Here they had their 15 minutes revived and some stories warranted even a few more minutes added on to the narrative. Some of them were pioneers and humanitarians, some scoundrels and misers... All shed light on their times and gave an often overlooked perspective on classroom history - the lives of common people, though many were leaders and trailblazers in their own right. The tone was fitting too, sharing interesting tidbits with a dash of humor or sarcasm thrown in as suited, which was well brought off by the narrator (I've listened to other works he's read, but I'm not a huge fan of his voice, despite his sound narration). While history may have relegated these folks to forgotten footnotes, I will certainly not forget some of these outrageous characters, their accomplishments, and how even though times have changed in many ways, people today are still very much the same as them.

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