"History is rewarding, but in my experience most people have to be led to it. So—called Reluctant Readers are mainly reluctant to be bored. They require, and deserve, historical material t
"History is rewarding, but in my experience most people have to be led to it. So—called Reluctant Readers are mainly reluctant to be bored. They require, and deserve, historical material that meets them partway. And that is the history we have in this brilliant new series."
?from the Introduction by Phillip Hoose
The History in 50 series explores history by telling thematically linked stories. Each book includes 50 illustrated narrative accounts of people and events—some well—known, others often overlooked—that, together, build a rich connect—the—dots mosaic and challenge conventional assumptions about how history unfolds.
What do the Trojan Horse, Piltdown Man, the Keely Motor Company, and the Cottingley Fairies have in common? They were all famous hoaxes?lies, carefully designed and bolstered with false evidence. The hoaxsters in this book harbored a variety of ambitions: making money, winning World War II, or mocking parents and other authorities. Ideas about what to fake and how to fake it trend with the times. But as P.T. Barnum knew, you can short—circuit critical thinking in any century by telling people what they want to hear. As captured by Gale Eaton's exuberant sleuthing and nonfiction artistry, the history of scam artists is both entertaining and revealing, a unique and telling lens through which to view human progress.
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GALE EATON (Wakefield, RI) has spent a lifetime with books for children and young adults, first as a children's librarian at the Boston Public Library and the Berkshire Athenaeum, and later as a professor of children's literature at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. She is the author of three other books including A History of Civilization in 50 Disasters.