Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
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There are lies in your children's textbooks. In their storybooks. On their television shows. And they're not just differences of opinion, casualties of what's scoffed at as pandering "political correctness." They're lies exposed by first-hand accounts, primary documents and undeniable research. From the myth of Columbus to the Iraq war, the certifiable events of history are constantly obscured by blind patriotism, capitulation to patriarchal biases and "feel-good" lessons...all of which strip history of the drama, passion and vitality it possesses. It's little wonder students list history as one of their most disliked subjects when they're getting fed watered-down factoids!

Through highlighting example after example, author James Loewen gives a passionate plea to teach history well--both for posterity and students' sakes. With an ardent love for unadulterated truth, Lies my Teacher Told Me is a powerful read that will make you examine each textbook twice! 444 indexed pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Touchstone Faith
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.13 (inches)
ISBN: 0743296281
ISBN-13: 9780743296281

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Publisher's Description

This updated and revised edition of the American Book Award-winner and national bestseller revitalizes the truth of America’s history, explores how myths continue to be perpetrated, and includes a new chapter on 9/11 and the Iraq War.

Americans have lost touch with their history, and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying eighteen leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, these books omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from our past.

In this revised edition, packed with updated material, Loewen explores how historical myths continue to be perpetuated in today's climate and adds an eye-opening chapter on the lies surrounding 9/11 and the Iraq War. From the truth about Columbus's historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders, Loewen revives our history, restoring the vitality and relevance it truly possesses.

Thought provoking, nonpartisan, and often shocking, Loewen unveils the real America in this iconoclastic classic beloved by high school teachers, history buffs, and enlightened citizens across the country.

Author Bio

James W. Loewen is the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America. He is a regular contributor to the History Channel's History magazine and is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Vermont. He resides in Washington, D.C.

Editorial Reviews

"Every teacher, every student of history, every citizen should read this book. It is both a refreshing antidote to what has passed for history in our educational system and a one-volume education in itself." -- Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States
"An extremely convincing plea for truth in education." -- Mary Mackey, San Francisco Chronicle
"Remarkable." -- USA Today
"A lively critique." -- The New York Times
"Powerful and important...deserves to become an instant classic." -- The Washington Post Book World

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