That's Not in My American History Book: A Compilation of Little-Known Events and Forgotten Heroes

Version: Unabridged
Author: Thomas Ayres
Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach
Genres: North America
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2004
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 59 minutes
Tell Your Friends:


Most people don't know that:

* Benjamin Franklin almost killed himself trying to electrocute a turkey.
* The Wright brothers were not the first to fly an airplane.
* There was a fourteenth state that the original thirteen wouldn't let join the Union.
* Benedict Arnold helped save the American Revolution.

All this and more is revealed in That's Not in My American History Book.

For generations, history classes have reduced the rich, often surprising, facts of the American story into a dry litany of dates, names, and places. Now, That's Not in My American History Book fills in the gaps, supplying the messy details, reclaiming the overlooked heroes, and correcting the facts you thought you knew.

That's Not in My American History Book collects an illuminating treasury of stories edited out of your textbooks. It explains why the Fourth f July isn't really our Independence Day. It dispels the myth of Paul Revere's midnight ride. It reveals nineteenth-century political mudslinging that labeled Andrew Jackson a murderer and his wife a "convicted adulteress." It even unveils the only vice president ever to compose a number-one pop hit.

With insight, irreverence, and no small amount of wit, That's Not in My American History Book uncovers our unknown past.

Reviews (5)


Written by Bob Stewart from Berryville, VA on September 27th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A fun listen. Well read and full of interesting off-history items.

Not My American History

Written by Touk on September 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this book for no other reason than it was fun to listen to.

That's not in My American History Book

Written by Anonymous on September 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very good listen....I majored in History and a lot of the material was new to me. I checked on the accuracy of some of the far out material and it was true. Our countries history is only what the historian wants to tell, or the schools want to teach, this will not change. However it is interesting to know the "real truth". It was a bit long but very interesting. I found the material on the quirks of the presidents to be very amusing (it is near the end).

Very, very funny & informative book

Written by Ken Mitchell on November 27th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This one's a winner. This is a very funny book, filled with many strange and unusual history stories. These stories range from the ironic to the totally bizarre, and any history nut should learn a lot of totally useless but interesting things from it. Highly recommended.

Facinating, BUT.........!

Written by Share on May 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Oh How sad, so engrossing, fascinating, informative, this book deserves a reader with a sense of timing, who doesn't run stories into each other, and has a feel for the material. This reader is very monotone and runs things together. He makes the facinating boring. This book deserves 5 stars for content but I can only give it 3 stars because of the reader. Again I say, WHAT A SHAME!

Author Details

Author Details

Ayres, Thomas

Thomas Ayres was a veteran investigative reporter and an award-winning columnist. He wrote for the <i>Dallas Times Herald, Civil War Times, Columbiad</i>, and many other publications. His hometown was Jonesboro, Louisiana.