Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

Americans have lost touch with their history, and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying eighteen leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and Americans have lost touch with their history, and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why. After surv...

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Title:Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
Author:James W. Loewen
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Genres:History
ISBN:Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:383 pages pages

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong Reviews

  • kendall
    Jul 07, 2008
    The thesis of the book is interesting and well supported, however, I found it pretty dry which was disappointing considering a main point Loewen makes is that Middle School/High School History books are too boring. He goes into too much depth in the first two chapters making the same p...
  • Emily
    Apr 07, 2007
    Wonderful read for students of American History and sociologists. Loewen conducted a fabulous study of American History textbooks in the late 80s and early 90s. What he found was a narrative lacking much depth, diversity, and frankly, any excitement. He was right. Most texts still adhe...
  • Lisa Bell
    Jul 10, 2007
    GREAT title! Really makes you think about all those HS History Classes you sat through and wondered what they were leaving out of the discussion. For example: how come we never discussed Vietnam? History magically "ended" at WWII; we always assumed that it just coinsided with the end o...
  • Justin
    Aug 22, 2007
    Lies My Teacher Told Me is a well-written and insightful expose of some of the problems inherent in the teaching of US History in public schools. From outdated textbooks to gross distortions of basic events and major figures, Loewen exposes readers to a side of US History that most do ...
  • Trevor
    Feb 02, 2010
    The problem with this one is that it has so much content, so much information per page, that it is hard to know where to start. I found this book nearly life altering, particularly since I?m a week away from studying to become a history teacher. If you are in the US this is a very im...
  • Lena
    May 13, 2011
    In LMTTM, sociology professor James Loewen takes a close look at the subject of American history and why it is that high school students tend not just to loathe the subject but also come out of that class so badly informed. His verdict - the textbooks are to blame. In the 1992 versi...
  • Daniel
    Sep 20, 2007
    As a history major in college, I still have an affinity for the subject. This book was very interesting, because it challenged many of the things we were all taught in the American educational system. It's a real eye opener, and while you may have a superficial knowledge of some of th...
  • Cyndy
    Oct 11, 2007
    great cocktail fodder. i think the author has a great overall point. especially since my mom is navajo and was raised as a baby in tuba city, az. but c'mon. does anyone out there still believe the shite printed during the cold war anyway? some of the examples in the book are pu...
  • Jim
    Nov 07, 2007
    This was a great book! The first two-thirds gives example after example of the many lies, omissions, and half-truths found in American high school history books, and the last third speculates why this has happened. Here's one example: Almost everyone knew the world was round before ...
  • Dustin
    Dec 26, 2007
    What I learned from this textbook: 1. That it is not weird that I hated history/social studies in high school, but now find it interesting. 2. That textbook "authors" can't be bothered to do their own research, so all the textbooks tell the same apocryphal stories (George Washing...
  • Felicia
    Dec 08, 2013
    This book is a TOTAL eye-opener about how we're taught cultural prejudices and distorted American history through classroom textbooks. I mean, I'm pretty liberal, but the perspective of this author totally opened my eyes to things that I just took for granted about how our history was ...
  • Jen
    Apr 09, 2009
    When I started this book, I thought it would be along the lines of "your teacher told you this...but this is what happened..." You know like "hey columbus didn't discover the new world...blah blah blah" and there was some of that. But more importantly, and far more interestingly, th...
  • Barbara
    Jan 25, 2015
    This is a book I assigned my students. It is not easy reading, but informative. The one aspect of the book that I found unnecessary was the author's recount of exactly which high school history textbooks get which facts right, or which they leave out. Overall, this text uncovers aspect...
  • Maurean
    Jan 30, 2008
    I originally picked this up several years ago because the blurb on the back cover appealed to me: ?Lies My Teacher Told Me? is for anyone who has ever fallen asleep in history class." Mr. Loewen?s premise is that history textbooks have been presented to portray a slanted, o...
  • Chris
    Jan 31, 2008
    Why does nobody like high school history? Or civics, or social studies, or whatever they're calling it these days. Why does pretty much everybody hate this class? I mean, you have people who can memorize irrelevant sporting statistics for the last fifty years, but they can't name more ...
  • Don
    Aug 23, 2011
    UPDATE #2: OK, so now I am at a different school district ? which places a lot more emphasis on using the textbook and ?coverage,? and I can better understand what Loewen is talking about. So, I?m finishing the book to revise my criticism. (12/17) UPDATE: After reading the f...
  • Deena
    May 11, 2008
    It is all well and fine for people to criticize historians for being snobs about who writes the history books... but this book is a great example of what goes wrong when non-historians try to write history. Everything in this book is taken out of context - and is therefore at best skew...
  • Whitney Archibald
    Jan 27, 2009
    This biggest reason I'm rating this book so high is that it was so thought-provoking. Loewen reviewed 12 common American history textbooks and analyzed the content based on historical accuracy and bias. Unsurprisingly, they all presented a very sanitized and rosy view of American histo...
  • Mischenko
    Nov 16, 2013
    I had to take a sociology course when I was in college and had a genuinely interesting professor. He?s one that I won?t ever forget and still think about from time to time. He was the type of teacher that made learning interesting and it was a class I actually enjoyed going to. Any...
  • Jamie
    Aug 01, 2008
    Ostensibly, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen is a book about factual inaccuracies found in a survey of twelve popular History textbooks. That's a good hook, but unfortunately once the hook gets you the place it pulls you into ...
  • Evie
    Dec 16, 2008
    I love works that give you the uncensored truth about history, but this particular book left me feeling as though the author had something to prove, rather than reveal. ...
  • Josh
    Nov 25, 2009
    Without question, this is the greatest non-fiction book I have ever read. To illustrate that claim, let me highlight that it served, in large part, as the inspiration for my master's thesis. In it, Loewen, a college professor, is constantly frustrated by how little his young, incom...
  • Daniel Gonçalves
    Oct 09, 2015
    Writing occupies an important place in humanity?s journey. It allows for ideas, thoughts and emotions to be more easily transmitted over centuries. In western civilization, history relies heavily upon the written word. We must rely on the veracity of such writings if we want to know...
  • Mike
    Jan 29, 2012
    Before I get into this review, a couple of disclaimers, if I may. First of all, I'm not an American and was not put through the American school system, which means I have no first hand experience of the standard of history teaching referred to by James Loewen. I'm British and count ...
  • Jan Rice
    Jul 29, 2017
    Although I bought Lies My Teacher Told Me as a resource book for the author's lecture series Rethinking Our Past: Recognizing Facts, Fictions, And Lies In American History, I've now read the 42-page Chapter 4, "Red Eyes," in its entirety. He's attempting a look at American history from...
  • Cyndi
    Jan 19, 2018
    I learned a lot from this book. But I gotta tell you, its depressing as hell. Mankind is basically crap and have always treated each other badly and then lied about it. The atrocities in this book are horrible. Genocides, prejudices, tortures, so many horrors. If you?re looking fo...
  • Kaora
    Oct 11, 2013
    Americans need to learn from the Wilson era, that there is a connection between racist presidential leadership and like-minded public response. This book is so important to read. I do not know if there is any other field of knowledge which suffers so badly as history from the she...
  • Ross Blocher
    Jun 19, 2017
    This is an important book for anyone living in the United States. James Loewen takes a look at some of our shared national history, primarily through the lens of the textbook. He has combed thoroughly through 18 of the top-selling American history textbooks (and 6 additional ones as of...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Oct 27, 2016
    While not as good or revolutionary of A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn, Loewen writes an entertaining and eyebrow-raising book about the hidden catastrophes in American history that your teachers did not tell you about. I would personally read Zinn first but this ...
  • Pouting Always
    Jul 26, 2017
    James Loewen reviews the history books commonly used in the US public school system and the factual inaccuracies contained in those books. The book goes over many of the common practices in publishing history textbooks especially those concerning sanitizing our history for children and...