Lies My Teacher Told Me

Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

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Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has become one of the most important - and successful - history books of our time. Having sold over two million copies, the book also won an American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship and was heralded on the front page of the New York Times in the summer of 2006. For this new edition, Loewen has added a new introduction that shows how inadequate history courses in high school help produce adult Americans who think Donald Trump can solve their problems.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 30.48mm | 657.71g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1620973928
  • 9781620973929
  • 52,592

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Praise for Lies My Teacher Told Me:
"Powerful . . . it serves as a crucial counter-textbook to provide a more realistic and critical narrative about the American past."

"A treat to read and a serious critique of American education."
-Award Citation, American Book Award

-USA Today

"A lively critique."
-The New York Times

"Honest and well-written."
-Harper's Magazine

"Loewen's book contains so much history that it ends up functioning not just as a critique, but also as a kind of counter-textbook that retells the story of the American past."
-The Nation

"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
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About James W. Loewen

James W. Loewen has won the American Book Award, the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship, the Spirit of America Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. He is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Vermont and lives in Washington, DC.
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