Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Americans have lost touch with their history, and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why After surveying eighteen 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 pastIn this revised edition, packed with updated material, Loewen explores how historical myths continue to be perpetuated in today s climate and adds an eye opening chapter on the lies surrounding and the Iraq War From the truth about Columbus s historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders, Loewen revives our history, restoring the vitality and relevance it truly possessesThought provoking, nonpartisan, and often shocking, Loewen unveils the real America in this iconoclastic classic beloved by high school teachers, history buffs, and enlightened citizens across the country


10 thoughts on “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

  1. Maurean Maurean says:

    I originally picked this up several years ago because the blurb on the back cover appealed to me Lies My Teacher Told Me is for anyone who has ever fallen asleep in history class Mr Loewen s premise is that history textbooks have been presented to portray a slanted, optimistic and pat


  2. Jim Jim says:

    This was a great book The first two thirds gives example after example of the many lies, omissions, and half truths found in American high school history books, and the last third speculates why this has happened Here s one example Almost everyone knew the world was round before 1492 Columb


  3. Jamie Jamie says:

    Ostensibly, Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen is a book about factual inaccuracies found in a survey of twelve popular History textbooks That s a good hook, but unfortunately once the hook gets you the place it pulls you into is slightly d


  4. Always Pouting Always Pouting says:

    James Loewen reviews the history books commonly used in the US public school system and the factual inaccuracies contained in those books The book goes over many of the common practices in publishing history textbooks especially those concerning sanitizing our history for children and what is appropria


  5. Felicia Felicia says:

    This book is a TOTAL eye opener about how we re taught cultural prejudices and distorted American history through classroom textbooks I mean, I m pretty liberal, but the perspective of this author totally opened my eyes to things that I just took for granted about how our history was founded, about people we


  6. Sumit RK Sumit RK says:

    When we censor our history by disguising our scars, we belittle the struggles our ancestors fought so hard to overcomeHaving sold nearly two million copies, Lies My Teacher Told Me is one of the most successful history books of recent times This book attempts to take a hard look at American history, trying to sep


  7. Trevor Trevor says:

    The problem with this one is that it has so much content, so much information per page, that it is hard to know where to start I found this book nearly life altering, particularly since I m a week away from studying to become a history teacher If you are in the US this is a very important book for you to read as you are


  8. Mischenko Mischenko says:

    I had to take a sociology course when I was in college and had a genuinely interesting professor He s one that I won t ever forget and still think about from time to time He was the type of teacher that made learning interesting and it was a class I actually enjoyed going to Anyhow, he gave us a recommended reading list of bo


  9. Kaora Kaora says:

    Americans need to learn from the Wilson era, that there is a connection between racist presidential leadership and like minded public response.This book is so important to read I do not know if there is any other field of knowledge which suffers so badly as history from the sheer blind repetitions that occur year after year, and f


  10. Evie Evie says:

    I love works that give you the uncensored truth about history, but this particular book left me feeling as though the author had something to prove, rather than reveal.


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