History is filled with half-truths, especially about our heroes.
Lincoln, for instance, wasn’t the stern, humorless man that old photos lead you to believe. Queen Victoria was definitely “amused” quite often. Roosevelt made mistakes, Boudica had her fears, even Churchill undoubtedly had his doubts.
Or so we hope, because we want our heroes to be human, too. And for that, author Marcus Rediker dug deep to present a few surprises in his new book “The Amistad Rebellion” (c.2012, Viking, $27.95 / $29.50 Canada, 288 pages).