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Cheap history at Whitcoulls

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Dec-2006 19:36

As I do (almost) everyday, I waked to the locall shopping mall with my baby Isabella, for a coffee and a bit of time off for my wife. While there I decided to browse the books available at the local Whitcoulls.

I found this book ("100 Great Leaders") on the table outside the store:



I guess for only $3 you could only expect great educational stuff, such as an article about Augusts (Roman Emperor who "ended a century of civil wars and gave Rome an era of peace, prosperity, and imperial greatness, known as the Pax Romana") with a picture of Adolf instead (including the wrong caption). Yes, that Adolf whose "racial policies had culminated in a genocide of approximately eleven million people, including about six million Jews, in what is now known as the Holocaust":


I expected to be in a world where I wouldn't have to read the books before my kids do, to make sure it's not full of wrong stuff. But it looks like I do have to keep an eye out for this too...

I wonder if Whitcoulls wouldn't do better than sell this book by simply removing it from the tables. At $3 each, it would be a great service to culture. And really, what could you expect from a cheap book? Quality costs...

 













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