Napoleon Wasn’t Short and St. Patrick Wasn’t Irish: When History Gets It Wrong by Andrea Barham (2015)

Napoleon wasn't short

Napoleon Wasn’t Short and St. Patrick Wasn’t Irish:
When History Gets It Wrong

by Andrea Barham
Michael O’Mara, 2015
192 pages

If you haven’t already forgotten all the history you learned in high school, you can forget it now. Andrea Barham takes a number of historical “facts” to task in her latest offering, Napoleon Wasn’t Short and St. Patrick Wasn’t Irish: When History Gets It Wrong. This neat little book offers short discussions on such varied topics as women gladiators, women popes, and the wives of Henry VIII. Did Abraham Lincoln really write the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope? Did Paul Revere cry, “The British are coming!” on his way to Concord? Was Captain James Cook really eaten by cannibals in Hawaii? These questions are examined by Barham, but sometimes a definitive answer is still just out of reach.

History buffs will get a kick out of Napoleon Wasn’t Short and St. Patrick Wasn’t Irish, though I doubt the myths that have been propagated—sometimes over the course of centuries—will be disbelieved by many now.

Learn more about Michael O’Mara.

Purchase Napoleon Wasn’t Short and St Patrick Wasn’t Irish: When History Gets it Wrong by Andrea Barham.

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