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Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus: What Your History Books Got Wrong

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In Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus, the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me offers a graphic corrective to the Columbus story told in so many American classrooms. First published over fifteen years ago and long out-of-print, the poster and accompanying paperback book sum up the mis-tellings—and reveal the real story—in a graphically appealing a ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by The New Press
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I like history. There was a good deal of facts in the book that were eye opening. I don't dispute those facts. In fact I looked up in Wikipedia and verified a great many of them. Which leads me to my disagreement with the author. There was definitely a political slant to the book. Ok I like to hear both sides of the story. In fact, that was one of his points, that history is a debate more that it is set of facts. Then he throws a lot, and I mean a lot of facts. Sort of defeating his own argument ...more
C.C. Thomas
The whole time I read this book, I could only think of the recent (February 2015) movement by Oklahoma lawmakers that banned certain AP history courses because they didn't teach "American' exceptionalism". If there were ever a case of needing a book in American classrooms, this is it and Oklahoma just proved it. I feel this book should most certainly be required for ALL history teachers (and probably for all Oklahoma lawmakers!). The fact that, according to the book, so many teachers of history ...more
Entertaining if a bit one-note. I finished it feeling fairly impotent-ragey. Interesting though.
While a good portion of it becoming common knowledge, this book does an excellent job at surveying popular American History textbooks and compares the prevalence of certain topics which the author considers under-appreciated or mis-taught in schools. While I didn't agree with the author in the importance of certain subject matter, and the author's liberal bias begins to show more readily during the labor chapters, it doesn't minimize the heroification of American History found in textbooks.
Harvey Smith
The books we learned history from were watered down, and in many cases, plain inaccurate. It's like many times the history in the books is a history as the author wishes it was.

All that said, I enjoyed this book, as it made me think about finding out more about a lot of historical happenings, other than the simple ideas I've been presented with.
A bit dry, but this is a must-read for anyone who grew up in the US or wonders why we Americans can be so ignorant about our own history.
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fun, even if you don't like history. Only slightly political.
Justin Thompson
Great for anyone who wants to truly understand history.
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