According to Professor James Loewen Americans have a lesser grasp of historical fact than at any time. After studying a selection of high school history curricula he discovered that current texts make history dull, boring and forgettable.
Importantly, he also found that texts are “marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies”.
Loewen examines how historical myths continue to be perpetuated, especially in today’s highly politically charged and ideologically partisan environment. The lies surrounding 9/11 and the Iraq War warrant his particular attention.
Lies My Teacher Told Me is an updated and revised edition of the original American Book Award-winner and national bestseller.