Lies My Teacher Told Me

Lies My Teacher Told Me

Everything your American History Textbook Got Wrong

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Baker & Taylor
Criticizes the way history is presented in current textbooks, and suggests a more accurate approach to teaching American history.

Perseus Publishing
A completely revised edition of James W. Loewen’s classic retelling of American history, based on six new textbooks and including an all-new chapter on the recent past

Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has gone on to win an American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship, and has sold over a million copies in its various editions.

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.


Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2007
Edition: Touchstone trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781595586537
1595586539
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 444 p.) : ill., maps

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ninigirl
Mar 29, 2017

A must read for anyone that is interested in history. Made me a little angry that I was never taught the truth. Great read.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

For anyone who has questioned the telling of history or done research of their own on the subject, many of Loewen bigger points will be redundant. It is the smaller details—the journals and articles from the people who actually lived through these events—that make this book so shocking. His liberal “white man is bad” tone will anger some. For others it will finally tell history from a unique perspective, one that is infinitely more colorful.

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Al6Hameed
Dec 19, 2015

I have known that the shadow government has been brain-washing the masses since they arrived here long ago. This book explains how they do it. Why do they do it? It is the only way that they can control and manipulate the unsuspecting. Education? Indoctrination is a more appropriate word. Education is when the truth is revealed. There may be some in denial after reading this book. Why? Perhaps reality and their perception may be in conflict. America will be a better place after reading this book.

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Fidelicatessen
Oct 12, 2015

This is one of the few books every American should read. If only high-school history taught us the depth of information and critical thinking that this book is full of, we'd have a more informed, enlightened electorate.

It's all real history, and it's presented by a college history professor in such a way that it's easy and fun to read.

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kesha1123
Aug 19, 2013

Truly worthy read although it too is heavily loaded with biased language. I love that the author presents the good, bad, and ugly of our country's history all the while acknowledging the horrendous injustices or transgressions of our past, present, and future leaders and prominent lay people does not deter from our country's greatness. The truth is worth exploring so past mistakes are avoided. I truly wish we could stop celebrating Chris Columbus; he is such an unworthy hero.

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Mr_Pear
Apr 29, 2013

I saw James Loewen speak at the University of Missouri about a month ago and I though he was a terrific speaker. His writing is very close to the way he lectures, that is, both funny and thought-provoking. I found this book to be equally engrossing. Loewen provides a clear and engaging view of the issues that plague social studies education in the United States and the consequences that manifest themselves as a result. His logic is sound as he is both scathingly critical and patiently empathetic with the students, teachers, administration, parents, and textbook sellers and authors that make up the system. As an ex-middle school social studies teacher myself, I can attest to the deplorable state that the U.S. education system is in. The social sciences suffer heavily within this system because of heroification, misinformation, and logical falicies that will only allow history class to be a bland, boring regurgitation of "facts." I would recommend this book to anybody with an investment or interest in social justice issues or education in the United States.

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danielestes
Dec 31, 2012

I read the first edition of this book around the time I graduated high school, and I was surprised, no shocked, by how much American history I didn't know. And that was just the stuff I thought I knew. Glossing over complex topics in a history textbook is one thing, but the real offense is when the facts presented are simply wrong. This happens far more often than you think.

The author is spot-on about high school history courses being unforgivably boring. Teaching history well means teaching controversy, and that means upsetting a lot of people—a nearly impossible task to sustain in a publicly-funded institution.

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jilly0522
Nov 30, 2012

Every serious homeschooler needs to read this book. Every history buff needs to read this book. Everyone who hates history may learn to like history if they read this book. What an eye opener!

Starling16 Nov 03, 2011

Fascinating book; refer to it often to ponder how textbooks are manipulated.

Check out the chapter on who actually writes high school textbooks. You will be amazed, and not in a good way.

LYCrazy8 Oct 19, 2011

This book was an absolutely fantastic read. I was always a good student but consistently hated history... this book helped explain why. The writer states his case without coming across as polemic, and injects a good bit of humor into his writing. An absolute must for those who were let down by their middle and high school history teachers.

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