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They Never Said It : A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, and Misleading Attributions

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An entertaining and yet thought-provoking book that sifts through hundreds of misquotations, incorrect attributions, and blatant fabrications to reveal the origins of the quotes and why they should be confined to the 'They Never Said It' file. Boller and George's ultimate 'debunking' reference work sets straight several historical records, proving amongst other things that 'Let them eat cake' was a well-worn phrase long before Marie Antoinette was born that although W. C. Fields fervently believed 'Anybody who hates children and dogs can't be all bad', credit for the quote must go to someone introducing Fields at a dinner party. They Never Said It is the perfect complement to dictionaries of quotations.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 136.7 x 204 x 10.2mm | 172.37g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195064690
  • 9780195064698
  • 880,692

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'The anthology is huge fun, but is serious enough to make us think hard too.' Bath & West Evening Chronicle 'an amusing collection of quotations' Berks & Bucks Observer an amusing collection of quotations' Paul Thomas, Slough, Eton & Windsor Observer 'an excellent source for those of us not well read enough to know even the misquotations' Evening Advertiser 'well-researched' Daily Mail 'You cannot fool all the people all of the time (not Abraham Lincoln), and the authors of this carefully researched and readable treasury help to put the records as straight as they are ever likely to be. [But] sticklers for accuracy, and those who like dropping bits of useless information to liven flagging conversations, will find this a source of delight.' Manchester Evening News 'An infectiously browsable book.' Ray Olson `an excellent source' Evening Advertiser `serves an important purpose in setting the record straight about certain historical figures, Hampstead & Highgate Expressshow more

About Paul F. Boller

Paul F. Boller is Professor of History Emeritus at Texas Christian University and John George is Profesor of Political Science and Sociology, Central State University, Oklahomashow more

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