- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (September 3, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684818868
- ISBN-13: 978-0684818863
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1,411 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong 1st Edition
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From the Publisher
Winner of the 1996 American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship
Americans have lost touch with their history, and in this thought-provoking book, Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying twelve 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 ten powerful chapters, Loewen reveals that:
From the truth about Columbus's historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders, Loewen revives our history, restoring to it the vitality and relevance it truly possesses.
About the Author
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.