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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong Paperback – October 16, 2007
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"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
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.
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I would highly recommended this book to anyone who feels institutionalized knowledge is suspect and should be verified.
I knew quite a lot of what is in this book (I consider myself an amateur historian). But, while the facts the author expounds on are quite important, to me the most important things to come away with, are: 1)Question why things happen; 2)Learn the background; 3)Have frank, honest discussions about the events and ourselves (even when painful). Only this way will we overcome our shortcomings and prevent future disingenuous actions.
Although this book will irritate and enrage many, the book should become required reading for parents and all current and future educators at the high school level.