A Short History of the World in 50 Lies

Natasha Tidd

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A Short History of the World in 50 Lies

A Short History of the World in 50 Lies

Natasha Tidd

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Taking readers on a global journey through human history, historian Natasha Tidd examines how lies can change the world around us, from Julius Caesar's deceptive PR machine to the cover ups that caused Chernobyl.

From forgeries that created centuries worth of conflict and domination, such as The Donation of Constantine, the Protocols of Zion and the mysterious Testament of Peter the Great, to mass political and press cover ups including Britain's Boer War concentration camps, a Pulitzer Prize winning whitewash of the Ukraine Famine and France's infamous Dreyfus Affair.

Alongside these are examinations of how our retellings of history can turnfiction into fact, including The Spanish Inquisition's deceitful legacy and the demonization of Chinese Empress, Wu Zetian. Plus, an in-depth look at how historic lies can still impact our lives today, such as the deadly legacy of America's Tuskegee Experiment.

A Short History of the World in 50 Lies details the profound impact of this secretive side of history and shows that the truth really is stranger - and far more dangerous - than any fiction.

About the Author

Natasha Tidd is a historian specializing in "untold history", mental health and gender. Creator of the pop-history website F Yeah History, Natasha is passionate about highlighting history's under-sung stories and making history accessible to everyone. She works as a history writer, researcher and consultant. Recent projects include creating and developing research for a major 2022 touring exhibition for Historic Environment Scotland.

Critical Reviews

"Accessible and engaging, this book is sure to inspire readers to take another look at previously accepted historical narratives" -- Booklist

"A timely approach to world history through bite-size chapters highlighting how the lies and propaganda of the past still impact the present day." -- School Library Journal

Publishing Information

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
Pub date: 2023-08-01
Length: 288 pages

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