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 nearly two million copies. 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 events as diverse as the first Thanksgiving, the My Lai massacre, 9/11, and the Iraq War, Loewen offers an eye-opening critique of existing textbooks and delivering a wonderful retelling of American and Western history as it should - and could - be taught.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 163 x 242 x 33.02mm | 793.79g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1620974673
  • 9781620974674
  • 606,970

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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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