Top 10 Reasons Historical Fiction beats History #Bookreview: Wrath of a Righteous Man #WWI

History or Historical Fiction? I believe that Historical Fiction is closer to the truth…

Barb Taub

Top ten reasons why historical fiction is better than history:

  • #10: There is no history in the real world.  (Be honest: has knowing or not knowing the date of the Peloponnesian Wars had the slightest impact on your daily life?)
  • #9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2: Lies, damn lies, and history. The pyramids (mostly) were not built by Jewish slaves, there was no wooden horse at Troy, Columbus didn’t ‘discover’ America, the Pope isn’t infallible, George Washington didn’t chop down a cherry tree (plus he didn’t particularly want to revolt against England), Abraham Lincoln would have cheerfully not freed a single slave if it meant preserving the Union, Ghandi told his eighteen-year-old niece to sleep naked with him, Iraq didn’t have weapons of mass destruction, and Elvis is (probably) still dead.
  • #1: Although humans appeared in history about 200,000 years ago, the earliest written records are only about 6,000 years old. That means that 97% of human history…

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A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.
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2 Responses to Top 10 Reasons Historical Fiction beats History #Bookreview: Wrath of a Righteous Man #WWI

  1. barbtaub says:

    I’m so flattered by the reblog. Thanks so much!

    • Léa says:

      It is my pleasure. You may guess that it is an issue I feel strongly about. My heart goes out to teachers forced to teach lies to their students or risk being terminated…
      Can anyone say Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings? Unfortunately, we could go on listing such things forever. Alas my computer froze as I was doing the reblog so I was unable to add a few things to my soap-box rant.

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