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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (24,422 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James W. Loewen Narrator: Brian Keeler Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN:
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This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

James W. Loewen, a sociology professor and distinguished critic of history education, puts 12 popular textbooks under the microscope, and what he discovers will surprise you. In his opinion, every one of these texts fails to make its subject interesting or memorable. Worse still is the proliferation of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, and misinformation filling the pages.

From the truth about Christopher Columbus to the harsh reality of the Vietnam War, Loewen picks apart the lies we've been told. This is a book that will forever change your view of the past.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Cato | 2/8/2014

    " I recall hearing about this book when it came out in the '90s, but it remains pertinent today. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong is a thought-provoking read on the fact and intent of history textbooks. It begins at the purported beginning of America with Christopher Columbus. Of course, that wasn't the real beginning - native peoples had been residing here for thousands of years. Loewen sorts through the facts, citing actual textbook passages and then demonstrating how primary material proves the books to be outright lies or embellishments.[return][return]However, from the vantage point of publishers and teachers, the textbooks are a success. The point of the book isn't to encourage critical thinking - it's to invoke a sense of patriotism and pride. How are we supposed to have pride in Columbus's greed or obliteration of Haitians? The accomplishments of Plymouth settlers seem a lot more bold when they are described as carving a home in the wilderness - not that they took over the pre-existing village of (Squanto's) tribe who had all died due to European diseases. Or how about the founding fathers' use of slaves? Or Abraham Lincoln's use of the n-word?[return][return]The crux of the book is this: by lying to children about their history, we don't create patriotism. We create anger and betrayal when they later find out the truth - if they do. This is an excellent read for students of history, but it really preaches to the choir. The ones who really need this book are already deadened to the concept of history, or will find the concept too offensive to their sensibilities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Rothe | 2/4/2014

    " Everybody needs to read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Wade | 2/2/2014

    " Very interesting fact-wise, but so argumentative and redundant as to be a turn-off. Took me five times longer to read than usual, because I got tired of the author's constant negativism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/25/2014

    " Obvious and not enough there for a great rating from me. Bet that tons of humans don't know some of the lies, but there is so much more not covered. Like the War of 1812 and the pathetic way we really handled it! Should be read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noah | 1/22/2014

    " I expected this book to focus more on specific urban legends about American history, but most of it is concerned with how teachers teach it and how the textbooks are written. It raises a lot of interesting questions about the politics of history and the goals of history education. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Rich | 1/20/2014

    " In an effort to help us better understand American history, the author goes on and on about his own liberal beliefs but also includes many facinating facts about our country and those who lead it. I felt the book needed more editing but was fairly interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristiana | 1/18/2014

    " So far not impressed by the author. I wish he would get down off his soap box and tell the truths he wishes revealed. Ignoring that, I like learning something a bit different about American history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 1/2/2014

    " This was the first history book that I read that went "against the grain". My US History teacher had us read it for class, and I think it opened my eyes towards looking at things from multiple angles. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clay | 12/29/2013

    " Not a lot to say other than an excellent synthesis about how dishonest we are about our own history, why it is problematic, and how we need to overcome it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayton | 12/1/2013

    " Just read it and you'll understand why it's a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 11/16/2013

    " At times boring yet insightful...A history buff like me will enjoy it the different perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 11/16/2013

    " Helen Keller was a socialist. Woodrow Wilson a racist. J.E. Hoover hated MLK. That's just the surface... I feel bad for us and all high school student who don't really learn any American History!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 8/28/2013

    " Pretty good. It did make me want to read more about history, but it was also highly opinionated and sometimes dry. A good starter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie Martin | 7/30/2013

    " pretty interesting information but the author does tend to become tedious at times when repeating the same idea over and over... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chip Underwood | 7/27/2013

    " Important Book, Everyone should read, it is not Left or Right, it is Truth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Graham | 7/17/2013

    " No surprises here. I bought this book thinking that I would be astonished, but apparently my teachers taught me history and not myth. I guess my teachers didn't lie to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 3/26/2013

    " Really excellent alternative History book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 2/1/2013

    " This is an excellent source of background material for understanding the discussion of racism in the US. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nada Abandah | 1/24/2013

    " Although my teachers have told me different lies, but I can totally relate to this book. I have not liked the first chapters a lot, and thought that there was a number of repeated and over analyzed and discussed concepts. but all in all it's a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 12/12/2012

    " Eye opening!!! Read it!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane Humphrey | 12/1/2012

    " Much like Zinn's history this book is a needed read for anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les McGehee | 6/15/2012

    " a must read for anyone who loves real history, and anyone educated in public schools that wants to see the truth behind textbook sales and content. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 3/17/2012

    " This was eye-opening and a must-read for EVERYONE. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/4/2012

    " Very good time. The newest edition has some newer stuff. It's well worth looking at (or re-visiting!). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christa Niznik | 7/22/2011

    " I couldn't get into it. It was like reading a textbook. And I'm not in school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 5/16/2011

    " Fantastic book that gives great insight into what American History textbooks are neglecting to tell students. If you are a teacher, this is a must-read!
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grace | 5/16/2011

    " I did not finish this book, I read to about halfway through the fourth chapter and although the topics were interesting the chapters were way too long for me and just kind of droned on! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 5/4/2011

    " Read this around the time it was first published. Hadn't decided to be a teacher yet, but there was something deeply appealing about deconstructing 'the establishment' that sticks with me. A good place to go for reminders to not believe everything you believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 4/22/2011

    " I prefer reading this to an actual history textbook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip | 4/11/2011

    " Really showed a side of history that we didn't learn in high school. As glorious as our past has been, it is also filled with some very dark moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 4/11/2011

    " I put off reading this for a decade, and I'm sorry I did. This was an excellent and instructive read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 4/10/2011

    " Important book with far-reaching implications about indoctrination and democracy. Only occasionally succumbs to a little reverse racism/noble savage ideology. Full of surprises. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristiana | 4/5/2011

    " So far not impressed by the author. I wish he would get down off his soap box and tell the truths he wishes revealed. Ignoring that, I like learning something a bit different about American history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 4/4/2011

    " Forget facts, Politics and religion rules the history they want taught to our school children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 4/3/2011

    " Very left-leaning but still remarkably informative. Definitely read with skepticism, especially when he starts talking politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 4/1/2011

    " This book made me excited to read more about history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 3/19/2011

    " Helen Keller was a socialist! Finding this out made me unbelievably happy. "

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