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on February 27, 2015
Good book
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2012
The author provides a unique perspective on historical textbooks. However, by beating the same drum over and over, his narrative becomes rather monotonous
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on August 23, 1998
This book is not only excellent because of its content but because of the way in which it can show the reader to develop an inquiring mind. I would recommend this book on a short list of "must read" volumes for any person who considers him/herself "educated" and who is an American living in the United States.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
If you're concerned that this is going to be a simple-headed bashing of European white males, it isn't. While the book does concern itself with the Eurocentric approach to U.S. history, it's so much more. The author read and dissected 12 major U.S. history books. His position--that a combination of loony textbook review committees, greedy publishers, uninvolved authors, and moronic politicians have left high school history textbooks a wasteland of patriotic, uninspired babble--is well supported in his work.

It's a great read and I highly recommend it.
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on January 19, 1997
This book is an astonishing, close-up look at the misrepresentation of American history in classical textbooks as well as in the classroom. It sheds light on lost, misinterpreted, and outright ignored facts about many of the people whom we've been taught to admire in our history. You do not know the truth until you read this book
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on March 14, 2014
Pretty interesting for about the first half of the book. Then it got rather preachy about how textbooks get written and approved. Psychological evaluations regarding polls was of no interesting to me. Had I been aware of where it was going, I might still have bought the book, read the first half, then laid it down.
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on June 21, 2013
Halfway through this book and it has satisfied my love for history, no matter how it might be served, candy-coated or raw! For those who love history this book is essential in seeking the truth and understanding why some would prefer that some history not be revealed!
A deliscious treat and worth every word!
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on July 1, 2013
As a Native American I found this book to be one of the most informative that I've ever read. Some things I knew already but quite a bit that I didn't and some parts actually made me cry. This is the History that we all need to know.If I had my way, this book would be standard High School material. I loved it!!
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2014
My break down

What I liked:
-First few chapters were great(I particularly enjoyed the section on world war 1, which revealed things that I as a huge military history buff didn't even know)
-Covers all kinds of points through time

What I didn't:
-Lowen sounds way too elitist like at points and to the point where it becomes just outright obnoxious. He constantly asserts through the book how much he personally knows more then most people. Yes, yes Mr. Loewen... I get you feel enlightened and people are dumb particularly your students that you continually hit against. Now can we just get back to unknown history now?
-Author has a pretty defined political bias, takes little potshots at America's right wing here and there
-The global warming chapter was senseless, had nothing to do with history and seemed to only be in there for the author to push an agenda on it

Final Verdict: Book started off interesting and seemed to have alot of potential but the author's unnecessary random commentaries and clearly defined political agenda may ruins some of the experience..
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2010
I read only one chapter of this book. That was a chapter that was being used in a high school history class. It had to do with Thanksgiving. I did not have access to the rest of the book, although I am interested enough to think about buying it. I would describe myself as being slightly to the right of center, politically. I found the chapter on the Myths about Thanksgiving to be interesting. It appeared to be well done. I appreciated the fact that that author went out of his way at the end of the chapter to point out some of the positive things about the Pilgrims. I would say I tend to be a little over sensitized to "liberal bias". I found a very small amount of that in this chapter. However, I thought the author appeared to be trying to present what he saw as being myths, in a fairly straight forward way. Obviously, I think almost all learning would benefit from a "Point/counterpoint" kind of a format. However, I recognize that that does not happen in the real world. I am not a professional historian but I am an avid reader of history. I found many of his points and comments to be interesting and they made me think. As such, I am thinking about purchasing the book. I am sorry not to have been able to review the entire book prior to this post.
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