Mar 31, 08
Read in March, 2008
This is a powerful attack on American history textbooks. The author hammers high school text book makers for falsehoods, overstating American's accomplishments, and shortchanging its sins. It is difficult to make a defense of American history textbooks and this book certainly has a good point.
The difficulty in reading this book is that is a very long list of negatives about the United States. While one can accept that the U.S. has not behaved well in many respects, it is equally untrue that the U.S. has done nothing positive.
The author argues for balance and thoughtfulness in the presentation of American history. Fair enough. If American history was solely presented as this book does, we would think our country is the worst ever to exist. Nevertheless, it makes an interesting read.