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Bizarre History

Did you know that John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved Robert Todd Lincoln’s life? Or that Michigan and Ohio went to war? Or that the 18th-century governor of New York used to dress up like Queen Anne?

History is full of bizarre people and events, and Joe Rhatigan chronicles them in his book Bizarre History: Strange Happenings, Stupid Misconceptions, Distorted Facts and Uncommon Events
. Rhatigan takes us through history, from ancient Egypt to the Middle Ages to the 20th century, revealing everything from strange wars to crazy rulers.

This book is everything that you never learned in a history class: early campaign mudslinging (John Adams’s people said that Jefferson would burn Bibles and outlaw marriage while the Jefferson camp claimed that Adams planned to start a new royal line as King John I), embarrassing family members (Jimmy Carter’s brother judged a world belly flop competition and endorsed a beer), presidential pets (including some alligators), the history of high heels (not just for women!), and more.

They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and Rhatigan proves it with this laugh-out-loud history of the world. Even the biggest history buffs are sure to learn something as the book travels from the American heartland to the steppes of Asia and back with humorous and completely true anecdotes.

Bizarre History is a must-read for everyone who thought that high school history was lacking a little something. This hilarious collection of historical footnotes certainly kept me turning its pages!

Bizarre History: Strange Happenings, Stupid Misconceptions, Distorted Facts and Uncommon Events by Joe Rhatigan will be released as a 157-page paperback from Imagine Publishing on October 1, 2011 at a list price of $7.95.

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  • Elizabeth

    Ohhhh! Am ready for this book right now!! Have grandchildrem and children of friends that would / could be enjoying this book this summer before school starts again – and the price makes it possible to buy more than one. We were just talking this weekend that schools don’t teach history anymore – or teachers don’t know how to teach history to make it as interesting as it is. History is people, and people are interesting. Can hardly wait for it to be published. Thanks for giving us a heads up to watch for it. GO JOE!