Mark’s #46 – Stupid History:Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions Throughout the Ages by Leland Gregory (320 pages)

If you’re like me, the title of this book immediately grabs your attention.  When I saw that it was free on Kindle (only temporarily), I added it to my 52 book queue.

This was a fun read.  Each story is about a page or two long, which either recounts bizarre events in history, or corrects historical misconceptions.

For example, we learned in school that Paul Revere rode a horse to warn, “The British are coming!” – He did not. He was in jail.  Rather, Samuel Prescott made the ride into Concorde.

Or, the story of Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s eldest son, who is the only person to be present at three Presidential assassinations. And this only because he was rescued as a toddler from an oncoming train by Edwin Booth – the brother of John Wilkes Booth.

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