The Awful Truths

by Brian Thomsen

Sometimes the truth hurts - but it doesn’t have to. The Awful Truths examines some of our culture’s oldest, most popular myths, and tells the fascinating, hilarious, and shocking stories behind what really happened. Each truth is supported with iron-clad evidence that skillfully explains how and where our misconceptions originated.

Who was Mario Puzo’s model for the Don Corleone character in The Godfather? Was it Joseph “Joe Bananas” Bonanno? The infamous Salvatore Marranzo? No…it was Puzo’s mother! Senator Joe McCarthy was responsible for the infamous “Hollywood Blacklist,” right? Well, actually… no, he had nothing to do with it.

Surprising, engaging, and punctuated with side-splitting cartoons throughout, the quirky tidbits in The Awful Truths turn history on its head.

“The verdict is in. Brian Thomsen’s The Awful Truths is guilty of being both entertaining and informative. A supreme achievement.” -F. Lee Bailey