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2.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressive, July 17, 2006
This review is from: History Lessons: How Textbooks from Around the World Portray U.S. History (Hardcover)
Honestly, this book is about as interesting as reading a high school history text book from cover to cover would be.

It's a good idea, but as other reviewers have pointed out, the selections are underwhelming. The analysis of the selections is spare to say the least. The book would have been considerable better if more time was spent discussing the reasons why history was taught in such a way and the process through which the material made it into the classroom. Textbook adoption in the United States is an interesting topic, I'm sure the process in other countries is as well.

Still, the book is what it is, and it does what it says it does. I was left unimpressed with the difference in perspectives for the most part. The most outre passages were taken from North Korean textbooks, but most of those were simply examples of blatantly silly propaganda. Probably the most interesting where the selections from Arabic textbooks, as they, for the most part, represent a somewhat realistic account of history from a drastically different point of view than what an American is accustomed to.

I don't really know who this book is intended for. I'm not a history teacher, but one might find it mildly interesting. But anyone seriously interested in the subject of history or education is probably not going to be dramatically enlightened or entertained by this book.
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Initial post: Aug 2, 2010 7:44:18 AM PDT
Much more eloquently expressed than in my own review. I agree 100%. It is an unimpressive and boring book that delivers on practically nothing that its title seems to promise.
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