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Customer Review

on September 19, 2008
Overall, this book is impressive, but could have been so much more powerful and provocative. Instead, I feel it suffers from the case of classic, historian dryness in its writing.

Pros:
** Each chapter provides a collection of writings on a single, historical event/topic, brought together from multiple countries, and therefor multiple perspectives. You realize quite early on how terribly biased are the history books (mainly written for schools) of ALL countries.
** The book's chapters follow the history of the U.S., from founding to the present. To manage this scope, the authors, of necessity, are selective. I found the events they selected to be quite good.

Cons:
The writing is dry.

While most educated people realize that any historical account is going to have some bias, this book presents hard evidence for the extent to which history books (especially those designed for school, and including those approved by the US government for its schools), through omission and misinformation, foster nationalistic pride at the expense of truth.
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