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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong [Kindle Edition]

James W. Loewen
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"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


Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has gone on to win an American Book Award, the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship, and to sell over half 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 Mai 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 10th anniversary edition features a handsome new cover and a new introduction by the author.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 5185 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 444 Seiten
  • Verlag: The New Press; Auflage: Revised Edition (8. April 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0041OT8EK
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (117 Kundenrezensionen)
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6 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Bias? Hardly. 22. Juni 2000
A few of the other reviews here speak of a "liberal bias". I went through the book again, I can't find it. I suspect those comments reflect more of the reviewer(s) than of the book.
The only bias I _can_ see is towards facts backed up by research over white-washed or made-up stories; the latter being too Pollyanna for post-Vietnam high school students in any case.
Another reviewer thinks everything in this book is already obvious to everyone. Hello? Anyone who hasn't read buckets of (non-textbook) history books will find many non-obvious things. Conservatively speaking, that would include ... oh, 95% of the U.S. population.
So: don't fear, this is an easy-to-read, well-researched book which cites its sources.
Some readers may find it offensive when their particular heroes are exposed as fallible human beings. Others may be offended that these same figures are not condemned as evil incarnate.
The more seasoned will, I think, find this book interesting and even inspirational: as a species we do seem to muddle ahead, faults and all.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A new perspective on history 10. Februar 2000
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I am an eleventh-grade student attending a suburban private school. I am currently enrolled in a required American History class - and, like many students (if you believe Loewen, MOST students), I can't stand it. I have my own reasons for this - fortunately, though, I haven't had to deal with traditional history textbooks, like the ones that Loewen surveys in this book, to any significant extent. I consider myself very lucky in this regard.
So why don't I like history? For the same reason that many others don't - the way it is taught in my school, it seems irrelevant. There is too much emphasis on rote memorization and not nearly enough integration of concepts. Why? Because rote memorization is so easy for teachers to teach. Unfortunately, it has left me and many of my friends unsatisfied.
That's where this book comes in. I'm not opposed to history as a discipline - though I'm not a big history buff, I can understand why history is so important. However, traditional history teaching has left me unsatisfied. This book, however, fills in a lot of holes that many people have in historical education. The portion of the book that I found the most enlightening was the first chapter, on the "heroification" (I believe this is Loewen's word) of such people as Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller, and Christopher Columbus. According to Loewen, our history textbooks are really mythological tracts. They ignore such problems as Wilson's racism and Columbus' genocide, and paint the picture of Keller as a blind-deaf girl who managed to succeed without explaining *what* exactly she did. Why? She was a socialist. That can't be put in textbooks. This process, frankly, disgusts me - it's worse than making gods out of people.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dead Right... 4. Mai 2000
I teach an American history discussion class at an open-admissions university, and, apart from certain problems I have with the class structure, their general disinterest (there are a few people who actually get into the stuff) frequently appalls me. Of course, this lack of interest in history may make it easier for them to resist our country's peculiar brand of indoctrination (whenever anybody mentions the "Founding Fathers," we're supposed to support what they support--can you do that if you don't know who the "Founding Fathers" were?), but I doubt it. This book hit the nail on the head, and should (paradoxically, I guess) be required in American history classes. One of Loewen's most insightful moments was in analyzing the way in which history chapters are written; they're almost always in a "hopeful" tone, as in "Millions of people died during the Vietnam War, and our President had just resigned, but President Ford took the oath the next day, and things were beginning to look up (until 'Whip Inflation Now' and the Mayaguez incident)." I certainly don't support the idea that our textbooks should be an unremitting wasteland of misery and squalor, but they could at least reflect the fact that for a very long time, vast numbers of people in this country (despite the lottery system of the "American dream") have been marginalized and economically oppressed (if nothing else) by a frequently invisible ruling class. There's nothing depressing in telling the truth, if it inspires people to look honestly at our society. Isn't that what history is supposed to be about?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wake up call.... 18. Juni 2000
is what this book serves as. It is not intended as an all-inclusive US history lesson. It is intended to show the vast ignorance that Americans are generally left in what it comes to history. Some critics of the book claim the author tries to tear down the founding fathers and "the American way". I don't see it that way. I think it is extremely important that we ask "why did Jefferson write that all men should be free while owning slaves?" Even Patrick Henry whose famous line "give me liberty or give me death" graces every history book owned slaves. Even more important (as I think Loewen discusses) is that we discuss that even the slave owners struggled with these issues.
Even more important, the book stresses is that we make history relevant. We could compare these wealthy, slave-owning, plantation running men to modern day sweat-shops which are (directly or indirectly) run by rich, designers and corporations. The questions every American should ask of history are "how is this relevant today?" and "what can we learn from this?" This book is asking people to ask those questions, rather that recalling dates, incomplete information and calling it learning about history.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen excellent and entertaining
get the detailed stories that the textbooks don't even bother to gloss over--this is a mythbuster book for young adults and high school kids... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 12 Monaten von nemo veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen excellent
it's thorough and educational, and i would reccommend anyone to read this, especially europeans: there's a million things we are not taught at school.
Vor 15 Monaten von Moe veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen So very, very, true.
As a soon to be ninth grader, I know all too well that what mister Loewen writes about is true. At my school we learned American history in Middle School, and I'm about to go into... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Juli 2000 von Scott
4.0 von 5 Sternen Very good read
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It goes a long way toward dispelling many of the myths and falsehoods that are perpetuated in high school American History textbooks. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Juli 2000 von Kevin Dunham
2.0 von 5 Sternen The Three Stars Have It
While this book does bring up some valid points there is absolutely no doubt that the author's extreme left-wing bias gets in the way. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 6. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen Biased and unfair readings of History!
James W. Loewen on the surface appears innocent in critiquing American history. However, he himself is teaching "Lies" of his own, and deserves historical criticism. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Juni 2000 von Charles D. Barnet
2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing, but food for thought
This book works at two levels: at the macro level, it works wonderfully. The overall theme--high school history texts avoid controversy and gloss over accuracy for the sake of... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 17. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book!
This is a well researched book and I definitely recommend it. It may only cover a very small amount of American History, but it is still very informative and well worth reading. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Juni 2000 von Bryant Harrison
5.0 von 5 Sternen While there is liberal bias, his premise is sound.
Many other reviewers have a problem with the liberal bias in this book and it is there. In trying to give the alternative perspective to the textbook history, you almost have to... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Juni 2000 von Tim Lieder
3.0 von 5 Sternen Eh, So-So.
The book had some interesting material, but the author seemed to blame white men for anything and everything that's ever happened on the face of the earth. Lesen Sie weiter...
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