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

by James W. Loewen Author

Ask anyone that's studied American history what started the Civil War and you'll get a different answer no matter how many people you ask, no matter their background or political leanings. You can ask anyone about any historical event and you'll always get the same results, everyone thinks they know but no one really does. American's have lost touch with their history and that's because American history texts are so full of misinformation, lies, and blind nationalism. Not to mention the delivery is just....bleh. WHERE'S THE PASSION PEOPLE?! History is literally full of conflict and drama and yet getting through a history text for a lot of people is nap inducing.


Lies My Teacher Told Me is a provocative, nonpartisan, and often shocking examination of American History. From Columbus to 9/11 and the Iraq War, Loewen explores how historical myths are still perpetrated in today's climate, including an honest evaluation of our foreign policy, and gives our history the revival it desperately needs.