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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.69 (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:
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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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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. "

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