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

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your History Textbook Got Wrong
Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your History Textbook Got Wrong
Author: James W. Loewen
ISBN-13: 9781565841000
ISBN-10: 156584100X
Publication Date: 3/2005
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 20 ratings
Publisher: New Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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A halarious review of history, like you've never heard it before. How history has been skewed to glorify presidents and leaders, and to put down others.
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Reveals more interesting information than a typical history book (especially in the classroom). However, this one is sometimes a dry read if you aren't a true history fan.
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Who knew?
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Interesting info on historic events you may not have heard before.
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An interesting and enlightening book.
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Hard to take at one sitting. Author seems upset that his reading of history isn't taught in textbooks. There can be different interpretations of events, and not all events can be put in a single textbook. Author's argument, I suppose, is that most textbooks' information is so insipid or wrong (e.g. Thanksgiving, Helen Keller) that it's counterproductive to have it in there.
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I suppose if you are a scholar and like 20-30 footnotes per page, you will enjoy this tome. I found wading through 40 pages substantiating Columbus' non-discovery of America about as exciting as reading the nemes of all the Joneses in a telephone directory. Each name is the same with a few variations and different addresses.
Interestingly, the book provides nothing of the author's credentials except two lines on the back cover, which state that he is a professor emeritous in socialogy from the University of New Hampshire. Not much in the way of credentials to support his views.
The writing is pedantic and boring. I think from the title, the subject matter could have come to life with some colorful, yet factual, writing. It might also have been more interesting if it were about 200 pages shorter than it is. On the other hand, if you are an insomniac, this book should be a great aid to you. And if you are a true scholar, which I admittedly am not, have at it. For those who are not true scholers, you might consider taking it off your wish list.
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The ISBN for this book is very misleading - it is a paperback and the cover page is different.