You see people spelling HIStory and implying that the truth is something other than the official version in the school books. I have found this to be true in some cases. For instance the first black slave owner in the United States was black. You never hear about that during black history month. Sure you'll get the off the cuff mention about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, as if liking a bit of brown sugar now and then was some sort of stain on America's founding.
History is filled with little stories that don't fit the narrative. Some historians go after these stories. I always find these little side trips interesting:
The newly unearthed diaries of a colourful assassin for the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the CIA, reveal that American spy chiefs wanted Patton dead because he was threatening to expose allied collusion with the Russians that cost American lives.
The death of General Patton in December 1945, is one of the enduring mysteries of the war era. Although he had suffered serious injuries in a car crash in Manheim, he was thought to be recovering and was on the verge of flying home.
But after a decade-long investigation, military historian Robert Wilcox claims that OSS head General "Wild Bill" Donovan ordered a highly decorated marksman called Douglas Bazata to silence Patton, who gloried in the nickname "Old Blood and Guts".
His book, "Target Patton", contains interviews with Mr Bazata, who died in 1999, and extracts from his diaries, detailing how he staged the car crash by getting a troop truck to plough into Patton's Cadillac and then shot the general with a low-velocity projectile, which broke his neck while his fellow passengers escaped without a scratch.Can I see this being true, yes. It will be interesting to see how this work holds up. There is much from the WWII days that is now coming into the public domain and the story I was told in school about "America's greatest generation" is something less than the whole truth. Finding out the whole truth is going to be a long uphill battle. I've been wanting to get my hands on this book, for some time. Talk about a difficult task. Then again, getting the truth is seldom easy.