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Hijacked Histories

Written by: Dominic Sandbrook
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: History, World
4.6 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

We’ve all heard of fake news, but what about fake history?

Dominic Sandbrook explores two and a half millennia of human history, traveling from the American Deep South to the air raid shelters of wartime Britain, to discover how the past has constantly been manipulated, rewritten and reshaped.

It turns out that when it comes to history, separating fact from fiction isn’t always easy. Many of the widely held beliefs about our past are based on a web of lies.

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  • Nic Corke - Corke Gallery Liverpool
  • 03-07-20

Informative and balanced

I have been hooked on listening to podcasts but what is more and more annoying is they drag out the detail. This audio book is not like a book more like a really well edited podcast with no wasted words, knowledgeable contributors and Dominic Sandbrook gets to the essence of the story he is telling and makes it compelling listening. I just wished there was more of it!

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  • E Marshall
  • 30-06-20

Recommended

Incredibly relevant to today's discussions on race, nationality and identity. It's too simple to say that history is written by the victors. This series looks at the interpretations as much as the sources of what is taken at face value as "historical facts ".

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  • jacqueline neal
  • 28-06-20

I don’t know

I would like to review this but it won’t let me listen even though it says it’s in my library

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  • Valerie Martin
  • 17-07-20

Non arrival in my Library... try again Audible...

I am the same as Jacqueline. I would like to review this but it won’t let me listen even though you say it’s in my library. When you rearranged the Library you upset the apple cart as far as I am concerned. Half of the books I have purchased are not in it. Well done, Audible. You will lose customers.

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  • S. A.
  • 10-07-20

Gripping history

Incredibly absorbing. Dominick Sandbrook takes us from Soviet Russia to the English Civil War to the Blitz, separating the truths from the lies. Beautifully produced, it is a gripping listen. So many fascinating facts that I listened to the whole thing in one sitting and plan to re - listen again. An outstanding historical podcast - stunningly presented AND an easy listen. Tip top.

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  • Erin M
  • 13-07-20

OK but not great

OK I've been spoilt by the quality of Audible free offerings lately so my expectations are probably too high, but this didn't quite meet the mark. It was OK. It was informative. It was presented well. It just wasn't something I'm going to recommend or chat to my friends about. Just lacking something I can't quite put my finger on.

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  • Chrissie Ann
  • 06-07-20

Really enjoyable

I learnt a lot from these programmes and heard a great deal of things to make me think. Would like to hear more if these.

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  • Di
  • 09-07-20

Wonderful short summaries

Wonderfully produced and written short snippets of history exposing history myths vs truths and real accounts. A really good listen.

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  • Christian
  • 13-07-20

Very Interesting.

I found this to be very interesting and incite full. I would certainly recommend it.

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  • Mini.H
  • 09-09-20

Well delivered but do your research on the author.

In a podcast about a horse how I managed to get the whiff of the right wing at work I don’t know, but I did. After a brief bit of googling I found some fairly nasty bits of writing from the author on the daily mail website. As all historians bringing their own politics to the history they write being one of main points of the first episode... well I guess judge for yourself how much of this guy you can believe. It was well produced and engagingly presented.

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  • Caine
  • 12-07-20

Not exactly subjective.

The story telling is rather objective, only people who agree or support the narrators story are interviewed. I found most of the stories uninteresting and wasn't a huge fan of the narrator.

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  • barnaby sullivan
  • 02-07-20

a little uncontroversial but passes the time

the first thing i have seen from this author so came into it with an open mind, but for what is supposed to be a discussion of how politics perverts history and truth, the author can't seem to help himself from putting his own rightwing bias into it. performance is good, a little slow for me, but that's just taste.

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  • Steve
  • 20-07-20

Prepare for bias

If you feel that socialism, Marxism, dirty hippies, lefties, and anything left-of-centre, are threatening your lifestyle, and you are looking to confirm your beliefs - then I can highly recommend this podcast to you. Prepare for some heavily curated truths and overuse of unqualified and unverified opinions and statements to question the veracity of others. No questions asked, no explanations needed. I commend the producers for only selecting topics that fit the narrative and finding all kinds of obscure experts to confirm their long held suspicions that left is bad and conservatism is and always has been beyond reproach all throughout history.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-20

feels like a political manifesto..

it would have been a nice podcast if only the narrator would have kept his on political biews in check. I'm glad i didn't spend a dime

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-20

Not available in Aus

Found this after it was promoted on Audible.com.au but no titles available ... Very disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-20

Just my cup of tea!

This audio book was very satisfying. The content and writing were well-researched, and well-narrated. I particularly appreciated the added clarifications or updates with regards to current events (COVID 19, Black Lives Matter). This resulted in great historical documentation, linked to the realities we are living through now - the best sort of writing in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-20

insightful perspective on creation of history

Loved it, really interesting, moved at a good pace, excellent variety of subjects covered. Knowlegable author and speaker.

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  • Hemi Hara
  • 15-07-20

Nice work

Would have loved more. felt like it was only warning up but otherwise it was a great listen and I do recommend

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  • Niall
  • 11-07-20

a fun listen

there are some interesting episodes, light and not too in-depth. Call it easy listen history...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-20

Enlightened

Really enjoyed the commentary! great to see the past unravelled and today's perspective added. I'd recommend this to all history buffs!