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An important book to read, but...,
This review is from: Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (Hardcover)This is one of the books that changed the way I look at history and modern current events. So much of what I thought I knew about American History was overturned or cast in a new light, and some aspects of modern life make a lot more sense now. At times it can feel like you're getting beaten over the head with negativity, but if you can get past that you'll gain some valuable knowledge and insight. It's well worth the read.
Loewen makes a very good point that we shouldn't unthinkingly accept what textbooks teach us, but we shouldn't unthinkingly accept what Loewen teaches us either. He's not immune from his own historical misrepresentations and simplifications in service of making his point. I'm a liberal and his digs at Bush Sr. were tiresome even to me. The whole truth isn't here--the whole truth is best learned from multiple books, sources, and viewpoints. But, please don't let the above criticism stop you from reading. This book gives a great starting-off place for finding out more of the whole truth about American History.
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Initial post: Jul 5, 2010 7:43:15 AM PDT
Glenn Hopp says:
This seems like a really sensible comment. I know the first edition of this book, and I have no idea if the second edition is lightly or substantially changed. I agree with what this reviewer is saying.
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