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Lies My Teacher Told Me - by James W Loewen

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  • "Every teacher, every student of history, every citizen should read this book.
  • About the Author: 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.
  • 480 Pages
  • History, United States

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About the Book



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



Book Synopsis



"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

A new edition of the national bestseller and American Book Award winner, with a new preface by the author

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, 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.

For this new edition, Loewen has added a new preface that shows how inadequate history courses in high school help produce adult Americans who think Donald Trump can solve their problems, and calls out academic historians for abandoning the concept of truth in a misguided effort to be "objective."

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, the My Lai massacre, 9/11, and the Iraq War, 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.



Review Quotes




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."
--Truthdig

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

"Remarkable."
--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




About the Author



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.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.1 Inches (H) x 6.1 Inches (W) x 1.2 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.5 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 480
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: United States
Publisher: New Press
Theme: General
Format: Paperback
Author: James W Loewen
Language: English
Street Date: July 17, 2018
TCIN: 82947230
UPC: 9781620973929
Item Number (DPCI): 247-11-0224
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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erinl89 - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
A very interesting book.
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