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We’ve all heard of fake news, but what about fake history?

Dominic Sandbrook explores two and a half millennia of human history, traveling from the American Deep South to the air raid shelters of wartime Britain, to discover how the past has constantly been manipulated, rewritten and reshaped.

It turns out that when it comes to history, separating fact from fiction isn’t always easy. Many of the widely held beliefs about our past are based on a web of lies.

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The oratory was good but....

Coming from a family of academics (teachers) I am well aware of their left wing bias - my father like the author was an historian and he too had that bias. Fine - but I must say it’s annoying to hear / read yet another so-called unbiased source color their narrative with an underlying prejudice. In this case the author made 3 distinct slides towards Trump, despite covering historical events over 6 unrelated countries to the USA.
Really- if you are going to write a book on history- how about sticking to the subject on hand without injecting your own unwanted biases, Mr Sandbrook?
As an aside I’m Canadian and have little interest in knowing what some British author thinks of US politics

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Absolutely loved this!!

Some say that history cannot be rewritten. On the contrary, this series illustrates so well that it can not only be written but rewritten and edited according to who wishes to do so. A truly fascinating account of this reality!!

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Waiting for more...

I thoroughly enjoyed this, so much so that I'm disappointed there are only 6! I dislike reading history so I listen to it and these angles of history were captivating.

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Interesting

nice to get another perspective. not saying I'd agree with everything presented but I think that's the point of this whole series is there is usually more than one side to the stories of history.

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History Polictalize.

Compare President Trump too Cagilla, Please! Academics worst left to try re-history and teach our children.

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Hoping for more episodes

I was sceptical on what sort of track these episodes would take. But as I listened I found myself more and more intrigued and wanting to hear other examples.

The episodes are not a right/left wing revisionism of history they are a deep dive into how cultures from our distant to recent past have used history.

Extremely thought provoking. I do hope they release a second season!

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A lesson that fails its own test.

For a podcast about how history is warped and twisted by those with political agendas, there sure is a lot of twisting and warping of history to meet a political agenda in this. The fact that the presenter clearly misrepresents contemporary facts that are easily double checked makes it hard to trust any claims or conclusions made by the presenter about historical facts that aren't contemporary and cannot be easily confirmed. It's kind of ironic that this whole series is a historian being dishonest about history in an attempt to illustrate how historians are often dishonest about history.

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A story badly needed in this post truth world.

An easy listen, broken into moderate length installments that can be conveniently consumed in a commute or during chores, this book was insightful and thought provoking. An interesting read that really questions not only the accuracy of historic accounts, but the motivations of the people who created those inaccuracies. Spoiler alert: they weren't always malicious in their intent.

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Couldn't download to Android phone

Somehow this couldn't be downloaded, each time a technical warning message pops up. this is the first time..

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Clear, easy to understand and entertaining.

A perfect blend of entertainment through history as well as insightful information about the human psych.