Famous Phonies: Legends, Fakes, and Frauds Who Changed History

Famous Phonies: Legends, Fakes, and Frauds Who Changed History

by Brianna DuMont

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Amazing true stories about Shakespeare, Hiawatha, Homer, George Washington, and more.

If you like to think of Shakespeare only as a brilliant bard, or prefer only to know Pythagoras by his math skills, then you might want to put this book down. Seriously. Because this book is about to change your idea of history. But if you like a little controversy, or want to impress your parents and friends with some little-known tidbits of historical drama, then Famous Phonies: Legends, Fakes, and Frauds Who Changed History is for you. 

Over the centuries, plenty of scandals, swindles, and skeletons have passed under history’s radar and missed out on being included in your textbook. (We’re looking at you, George “I cannot tell a lie” Washington.) Some of the biggest names in history can be found between these pages—and the light isn’t flattering. These figures are lucky that prime-time TV and all-access internet didn’t exist in Ancient Greece, Renaissance Europe, medieval England, or Revolutionary America, or else they could have kissed their sterling reputations goodbye. Famous Phonies: Legends, Fakes, and Frauds Who Changed History explores the underbelly of history, making you question everything you thought you knew about history’s finest. Follow the fake lives of these twelve history-changers to uncover the fabrications of the famous and the should-be-famous!

So, if you can handle it, take a peek at inside. Some of the famous “phonies” covered in this book include:
  • George Washington
  • Pythagoras
  • Hiawatha
  • Gilgamesh
  • Confucius
  • Major William Martin
  • William Shakespeare
  • Pope Joan
  • Homer
  • Prester John
  • Huangdi
  • The Turk

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632202079
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Series: Changed History Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 44 MB
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Age Range: 9 - 14 Years

About the Author

Brianna DuMont is a self-proclaimed history buff with a degree in art history and archaeology as well as classics. She has traveled extensively in search of great museums and historical sites to visit. When she is home, she is an independent historian and full-time writer who is quickly becoming best friends with her local librarian. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Brianna DuMont is author of the Changed History series, which makes history come alive by exposing its murky underbelly. The first book in the series, Famous Phonies: Legends, Fakes, and Frauds Who Changed History, includes gems about “I-must-not-tell-a-lie” George Washington and schoolless Shakespeare. When she’s not writing quirky books, Brianna travels the world in search of great museums and historical sites. When she’s at home, she is a full-time writer and researcher who is quickly becoming best friends with her local librarian. She and her family live in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Author's Note v

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Confucius 3

Chapter 2 George Washington 14

Chapter 3 Pythagoras 28

Chapter 4 Hiawatha 37

Chapter 5 Gilgamesh 50

Chapter 6 Major William Martin 60

Chapter 7 William Shakespeare 72

Chapter 8 Pope Joan 83

Chapter 9 Homer 92

Chapter 10 Prester John 105

Chapter 11 Huangdi 119

Chapter 12 The Turk 133

Acknowledgments 143

Notes on Sources 144

Sources 148

Image Credits 155

Index 158

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Famous Phonies: Legends, Fakes, and Frauds Who Changed History 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book to read. There were lots of things I liked about it, and some I didn't. The book takes a look at various famous (and some lesser known, but important) people and legends from history. It then exposes the false ideas and misconceptions we have about these people. On the positive side, the author has a sarcastic, humorous "voice" that makes the book fun to read. There are also several lesser known legends that I found interesting and I liked learning about them. The book is well researched, easy to read, and interesting enough to keep the intended audience (kids ages 8-12) interested. On the down side, I didn't agree with the assessment of many of the historical figures. The sarcastic "voice" that made the book so fun to read also reduced these legends into bumbling knuckleheads that happened to trip into fame, fortune, or power. I have a difficult time believing they were as clueless as they are presented in this book. Obviously, I have mixed thoughts on the book. I think kids will like it. It's informative and fun to read, but I'm not completely sold. Content: clean Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mikes_Dad More than 1 year ago
Reminded me a bit of How They Croaked with its funny voice and its focus on the bizarre side of history, but this book has some obscure figures in it too.  Is it embarrassing to say that I learned a lot while reading a children's book.  Oh yeah, my son really liked it too.