Lies My Teacher Told Me
Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
By James W. Loewen
(New Press, The, Hardcover, 9781595583260, 444pp.)
Publication Date: April 2008
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What started out as a survey of the twelve leading American history textbooks has ended up being what the "San Francisco Chronicle" calls "an extremely convincing plea for truth in education." In "Lies My Teacher Told Me," James W. Loewen brings history alive in all its complexity and ambiguity. Beginning with pre-Columbian history and ranging over characters and events as diverse as Reconstruction, Helen Keller, the first Thanksgiving, and the My Lai massacre, Loewen offers an eye-opening critique of existing textbooks, and a wonderful retelling of American history as it should--and could--be taught to American students.
This new edition also features a handsome new cover and a new introduction by the author.