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Lies My Teacher Told Me: 2nd Edition

Written by:
James Loewen
Narrated by:
L.J. Ganser

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2019
17 hours 35 minutes
'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 A new edition of the national bestseller and American Book Award winner, with a new preface by the author Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has become one of the most important-and successful-history books of our time. Having sold nearly two million copies, the book also won an American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship and was heralded on the front page of the New York Times in the summer of 2006. For this new edition, Loewen has added a new preface that shows how inadequate history courses in high school help produce adult Americans who think Donald Trump can solve their problems, and calls out academic historians for abandoning the concept of truth in a misguided effort to be 'objective.' 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, the My Lai massacre, 9/11, and the Iraq War, 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.
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Jeff S.

Great book and one every single person should read. Why are we all so afraid of the truth?

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Kim M.

This book was phenomenal! It was incredibly enlightening and prompts me to encourage my grandchildren to think critically as they learn history in school. The one negative is that the one hour introduction was a lot.

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Thomas S.

You picked parts of American history and exploded them into a larger reality. Not worth the time.

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Robert Scott

Excellent look at high school history textbooks, and a good analysis of the types of stories that are not told.

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