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Lies My Teacher Told Me

Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


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.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 02, 1996 – Sociology professor Loewen lambastes history textbooks as both too inaccurate and too bland to engage students.

Customer Reviews

Great book

Simply one of the best books I have ever read. Will leave you stunned and with a lingering feeling of betrayal. You will learn that so much of what you thought to be true is utterly false. The fact that so many known falsehoods are taught to our children will make your stomach turn -- very upsetting.

Lies my teacher told me

Waste of 12 dollars
Author needs to get over his dislike of President Bush

Summer Reading

At first I thought this book was going to be dull and boring but I was quite amazed to learn all these facts that I have never heard before I think this author makes American history interesting by explaining things and putting stuff out there. It's a really great book! :)

Lies My Teacher Told Me
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  • $26.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Education
  • Published: Apr 08, 2008
  • Publisher: The New Press
  • Seller: Perseus Books, LLC
  • Print Length: 444 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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