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  • How We Misinterpret History and Why It Matters
  • By: David Mountain
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Past Mistakes

By: David Mountain
Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
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Summary

From the fall of Rome to the rise of the Wild West, David Mountain brings colour and perspective to historical mythmaking.

The stories we tell about our past matter. But those stories have been shaped by prejudice, hoaxes and misinterpretations that have whitewashed entire chapters of history, erased women and invented civilisations. Today history is often used to justify xenophobia, nationalism and inequality as we cling to grand origin stories and heroic tales of extraordinary men.

Exploring myths, mysteries and misconceptions about the past - from the legacies of figures like Pythagoras and Christopher Columbus, to the realities of life in the gun-toting Wild West, to the archaeological digs that have upset our understanding of the birth of civilisation - David Mountain reveals how ongoing revolutions in history and archaeology are shedding light on the truth.

Full of adventures, and based on detailed research and interviews, Past Mistakes will make you reconsider your understanding of history - and of the world today. 

©2020 by David Mountain. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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  • Categories: History

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"Narrator Alex Wyndham's smooth voice and English accent voice are perfect for this fascinating dive into the myths and mistakes in what we 'know' about history.… Most importantly, he sounds engaged with the historical stories he is telling, and that keeps the listener interested as well." --AudioFile magazine

“Whether discussing Pythagoras’ legacy, Athenian democracy, the myth of Progress, or the Wild West, Mountain quickly points out how the truth is more nuanced than - or completely different from - stories we may know. …the work’s main thrust is the conversation between present and past and how our view of the past influences current behavior - most clearly outlined in a chapter about the Wild West mythos shaping American gun culture to this day.” --Booklist

Past Mistakes takes what we think we remember from history class and sets the record straight! Definitely worth reading if you’re ready to have your mind blown and then be filled with rage that you’ve been hoodwinked for this long.” --The Tiny Activist 

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Entertaining and interesting.

This book gives you good examples of common misconceptions, and how history has been and is, used to further political views. Sadly, often not very good views.
The narrator is good enough, but he sounds a bit expressionless, as if he has no facial expression while he talks. This makes it a bit flat.

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Fascinating book!

I absolutely loved this book by David Mountain, and how it cleverly deconstructs some of the things we assume from history lessons. A very intelligent and captivating book!

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Fascinating and often humorous

Thoroughly enjoyed this. I don’t think the narrator is boring as somebody else noted, however, I did have to slow him down! I giggled throughout this - lots of historical misconceptions (many we should already be aware of but it’s the way the author tells it).
Don’t expect Europeans to come out of this well…

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