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The Greatest Lies in History: Spin, Doublespeak, Buck-passing and Official Cover-ups That Shaped the World Paperback – October 1, 2009


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pier 9 (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741964792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741964790
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,101,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Molene on February 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Overall this is an interesting read. The author gives his take on 25 historical events with the premise that many commonly held historical beliefs are in fact distorted, deceptive, spin or outlight lies. He presents his arguments generally well, although some are easier to swallow than others. I thought he was particularly strong in his examinations of ancient and medieval history, especially his three accounts on historical incidents in the Roman Republic/Empire. The closer the author gets to the more familiar present, however, the harder it is to give him full benefit of a doubt. In fact I found his recounting of United States history displayed more than a little anti-American bias, notably in his accounts on Pearl Habor, D-Day and the Founding Fathers. For example, he categorizes the founding of the United States as: "The Founding Fathers were interested in making money and wielding power over their fellow colonists." While undoubtedly true for some, in part, to generalize it as motivation for the likes of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and others just does not ring true. I believe precious few of the best historians would agree with that statement. All in all this is worthwhile to read. Just don't take everything the author says as Gospel.
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It's an important book for its suggestion that what we read about events happening around us may not be entirely true, and are written from only the 'official' perspective. We must always keep an open mind.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on September 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
I would be lying if I said "The Greatest Lies in History" was the greatest book to read--or even a great book or fun book.

It was superbly organized into four parts: Spin and Doublespeak; Passing the Buck; Official Deceptions and Cover-Ups, and Acting Under False Pretenses. Each part has six chapters or six stories, except for Part I that has one extra. Each one of these chapters begins with: Lie, Truth, Chief Participants, and Story So Far. This is where the book becomes superbly dull. Why? I don't know.

The author doesn't write in the passive voice and he sticks to the topic but it must be topics that don't interest me e.g. I never knew it was a lie that Rameses II single-handedly won the Battle of Kadesh and that the truth was he was lucky to get out of there alive. In fact I didn't even know of the Battle of Kadesh or about Rameses II, and I couldn't care less. I knew that Churchill was responsible in part for the disaster in Gallipoli, and although I heard that Roosevelt knew about the attack on Pearl Harbor ahead of time, Canduci's narrative is less than persuasive. As for the Knights Templar being betrayed, I felt bad about that for half a mo.

Most of the stories in this book are already known to the educated reader. The lie or truth will barely raise an eyebrow, and like most readers wonder why their personal favorites that weren't included, I wonder why Iraq or Watergate weren't. Maybe the author realized each had too many lies in the first place.

Mr. Canduci writes about historic events and lies as though they are a revelation and his style is a bit sensational. They will be a revelation to some, but if they aren't to you, this book is probably not for you, not even for leisure reading.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on October 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
The book is well set out, outlines the event, describes in detail the facts with historical evidence and explains how the facts were distorted intentionally or otherwise.
An interesting read, and the author is a good bloke, of course I am not biased ...
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3 of 28 people found the following review helpful By William Dusenberry on September 28, 2010
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While considering the purchase of this book, I consulted the index; I wanted to determine if the greatest lie in history was included in the content of this book. If this greatest lie was not included, then every other supposed "lie" would become suspect. What is this greatest "lie?"

The greatest historical "lie" is that there is a factual basis for an actual historical Jesus -- which there is not.
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