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Book Review: Death By Petticoat: American History Myths Debunked by Mary Miley Theobald

Petticoat with skulls on it.Summary:
This history book has assembled the most often-repeated myths of US History and one-by-one debunks them.

Review:
There is not much to say about a book that is so short.  Listing only 63 myths, each summed up within one or two sentences and then “debunked” in under a page, it is possibly the shortest history book I’ve ever read.

The myths and debunking are interesting, but there’s far too few of them.  Additionally, while images are given citations, the debunkments aren’t!  Well, why should I believe what you’re saying, Theobald, as compared to anyone else?  Just because you *claim* there aren’t any records of thus-and-such doesn’t mean that there aren’t unless you back it up with solid evidence.  While I enjoyed the myths and the talk about them, I can’t take it seriously as an academic due to a complete lack of citations.

The cover is super-cute though.

Overall, recommended to people who want to know what the myths are, but not to anyone seeking serious history.

2 out of 5 stars

Source: Netgalley

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