Fake History

Fake History: Ten Great Lies and How They Shaped the World

Non-Fiction, History & Politics
Paperback Published on: 28/04/2022
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Fake History
Contibutes to our understanding of the shifting nature of our understanding of history
Written very much as a journalistic account and not as a volume of history, Fake History provides much food for thought. I read this book as an entertaini... READ MORE
Libby Chapman


An alternative history of the world that exposes some of the biggest lies ever told and how they've been used over time.

Lincoln did not believe all men were created equal. The Aztecs were not slaughtered by the Spanish Conquistadors. And Churchill was not the man that people love to remember.

In this fascinating new book, journalist and author Otto English takes ten great lies from history and shows how our present continues to be manipulated by the fabrications of the past.

He looks at how so much of what we take to be historical fact is, in fact, fiction. From the myths of WW2 to the adventures of Columbus, and from the self-serving legends of 'great men' to the origins of curry - fake history is everywhere and used ever more to impact our modern world.

Setting out to redress the balance, English tears apart the lies propagated by politicians and think tanks, the grand narratives spun by populists and the media, the stories on your friend's Facebook feed and the tales you were told in childhood. And, in doing so, reclaims the truth from those who have perverted it. Fake History exposes everything you weren't told in school and why you weren't taught it.

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781787396425
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 300g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 32 mm

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Fake History
Nonsense title, nonsense content. Guess what? History is subjective. Who knew? A prevailing contemporary lament is that too many books are published today.... READ MORE
Anne Cole
Fake History
Another must read
Great read from cover to cover, just goes to show how many people would rather believe the lies than confront the uncomfortable truths.
Tim Ballam
Fake History
This book is simply brilliant. The blurb on the front cover – Ten great lies and how they shaped the world - doesn't do it justice. It goes far deeper than... READ MORE
Colin Fox