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Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations
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Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations


“Extensive and brilliant investigations…a tour de force of detective work…Mr. O’Toole is a beacon of accuracy who should inspire all readers who prefer their facts real rather than phony.” —Wall Street Journal

Everywhere you look, you’ll find viral quotable wisdom attributed to icons ranging from Abraham Lincoln to Mark Twain, from Cicero to Woody Allen. But more often than not, these attributions are false.

Garson O’Toole—the Internet’s foremost investigator into the dubious origins of our most repeated quotations, aphorisms, and everyday sayings—collects his efforts into a first-ever encyclopedia of corrective popular history. Containing an enormous amount of original research, this delightful compendium presents information previously unavailable to readers, writers, and scholars. It also serves as the first careful examination of what causes misquotations and how they spread across the globe.

Using the massive expansion in online databases as well as old-fashioned gumshoe archival digging, O’Toole provides a fascinating study of our modern abilities to find and correct misinformation. As Carl Sagan did not say, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

Title:Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:383 pages
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  • HBalikov
    Mar 27, 2017

    Remember that kid, (Jared?), in Miss Willoughby's sixth grade class who kept raising his hand to let the rest of the class know how smart he was? Whether it was the name of Alexander's horse or specia...

  • Jody McGrath
    Jun 11, 2017

    DNF at 78%I really tried. ...

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    Mar 03, 2017

    I like quotes. The wisdom of great writers and thinkers can often serve as time honored lessons about life, people and relationships.I do not like learning that people I've been quoting did not actual...

  • Ellen Trautner
    Mar 11, 2017

    I got this for free on my Kindle First program through Amazon. I like using that program to read books I may otherwise not. This is an easy read, divided into categories like a real quote assigned to ...

  • Sue Watson
    Mar 24, 2017

    I love quotationsThis is not a book for a person who just casually likes quotes. You need to want to know the origins, the details, the history of the usage to enjoy the book. The author often gives t...

  • James Kennedy
    Mar 01, 2017

    Hey! A free Kindle First book that's not a sappy romance novel!! This book is moderately interesting, but I think part of the problem is although falsely attributed quotes on facebook bother me, I did...

  • Raghu
    May 23, 2017

    Nowadays, quotes attributed to famous persons, have spread far and wide on an everyday basis due to the internet. People attach quotes as a signature to their emails. Others, email a quote everyday to...

  • Allison
    Mar 04, 2017

    What a disappointment this book was, although since I got it from Amazon for free as part of my Prime membership, I shouldn't complain too much. As a librarian, I love the art of research, especially ...

  • Jes Caruss
    Mar 01, 2017

    I'm sorry I picked this bookThe title is extremely misleading. I thought I would be reading about quotes that are attributed to Hemingway. This book is filled with "verbal diarrhea" and each misattrib...

  • Joy H.
    Mar 01, 2017

    Added 3/1/17. (Expected publication: April 1st 2017 by Little A)I downloaded this Kindle edition FREE, as a "Kindle First" from Amazon. (Amazon Prime members can choose one featured book for FREE ever...