|"Lies My Teacher Told Me is an extremely convincing
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30-year veteran HS history teacher
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"Every teacher, every student of history,
every citizen should read this book." -- Howard
Zinn, Professor Emeritus, Boston University.
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those two books, my GPA in history rose to 3.8
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to the editor, San Francisco Examiner
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". . . contains so much history that it ends
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story of the American past." -- The Nation
"Despite the dreadful fascination with which
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Taught Like This?" and "What Is the Result of
Teaching History Like This?" -- Buffalo Spree
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"Although Loewen often is entertaining, he
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our past -- and ourselves." -- London Times
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for the beach tomorrow, and it's the only book
I'm taking..." -- Paul Heymont, history teacher
"Loewen's breezy, candid style is often a breath
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This will be an important book." -- Roy Rosenzweig,
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"Loewen's book is more than a critique of
history education; it is an education in itself.
The bulk of Lies My Teacher Told Me consists
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compassion, and connections with current-day
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the world, past and present, looks different."
-- Andrea S. Libresco, high school social studies
teacher and university professor of social studies
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author of more than eighty historical books
for young people.
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it." -- Garfield Brown, student, Hampton University.
"In this one book, I have learned more than
I did in my four years of high school history."
-- Clarence Stevens, student, Hampton University.
"... I find a great deal of it shocking, and
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who has read Zinn's People's History!" -- Andrew
Broman, University of Kansas.
"Having just finished reading Lies My Teacher Told Me, I can think of no better book for Advanced
Placement students to read." -- posting to H-High-S
History Teachers List (Internet) by Bob LaRue,
History and Geography Teacher, Fairview High
School, Boulder, Colorado.
"In part a telling critique of existing textbooks
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of American history as it should -- and could
-- be taught." -- American Book Award citation,
Before Columbus Foundation.
"I discovered your book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, recently. Wow; what a wake- up call! I cannot
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"While I have been a serious reader all of
my life, I have never been impacted by any non-fiction
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"I would recommend this book to all history
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is not limited to American history textbooks."
-- Jennifer Baniewicz, graduate student, University
of Illinois, and student teacher in history.
"A true breakthrough in world thought." --
Sam Thomas, Curator of Manuscripts, Historical
Center of York County, SC.
"A cornucopia of supportive examples and damning
evidence." -- John McGill in Bulletin of the
Association of Teachers in Independent Schools
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"Compelling book. We're using it in our teacher
education program right now at UC Irvine. .
. . This book is making a difference in the
way that new teachers approach history." --
Adam Wemmer, University of California, Irvine.
"I want to step outside the music and recommend
a book by James Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook
Got Wrong. Here is a lightly written expos‚
of the American history text book, its lies
and omissions brought to light in colorful,
scathing looks at the primary sources. . . .
Even a history buff will find shocking the reality
of some of the 'truths' we were raised with."
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"I first picked up your book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, over a year ago. Since that day it
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pages. . ." -- West Coast Review of Books, Art,
"Your book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, is tremendous.
. . It is helping me to become a better teacher
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High School, Ledyard, CT.
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of this book. . . Living in Massachusetts, the
Mayflower Myth of Origin dies particularly hard,
but kids seem to have a naturally iconoclastic
streak which lends itself to the task." -- Dan
de Angeli, teacher, Jamaica Plain, MA.
"The final chapter is a gold mine for high
school history teachers, with extensive suggestions
in the chapter notes for improving history courses
and a long list of source materials and where
to obtain them." -- Skeptical Inquirer web site.
"As far as Lies My Teacher Told Me, their
[students'] reaction has been great. It's like
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withheld from them -- the 'truth.'" -- Carolyn
Armstrong, high school history teacher and originator
of discussion group on Lies on the Washington
Post's web site.
"I highly recommend your book to many of my
friends and anyone even remotely considering
teaching a history class. I learned something
new in every chapter. . ." -- M. L. Nicholson,
student, Texas Tech University.
"Thank you for taking such a passionate interest
in this topic and for writing this book. After
completing each successive chapter, I always
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what I just learned. . . I feel empowered by
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-- Peter McLaren, Prof. of Education, UCLA.
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can't keep it on their shelves." -- article
on teaching, on homepage of California State
"Turns American history upside down. A landmark
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"Best New Books Recommended by Leading Independent
"There is at least one up-and-coming high
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"Simply put, your book Lies My Teacher Told Me basically blew my mind. . . blazed a new
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Case, history student, Winona State University,
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of 31 years."
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American plight?" -- "Alonzo," senior history
major, Northern Michigan University.
"You have made a truly valuable contribution
with Lies My Teacher Told Me. Your analysis
of racism and anti-racism is especially timely
and essential. Your analysis of how textbooks
teach that the government does everything, that
it never does anything wrong, and that this
makes students feel powerless, has proven to
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-- Steven J. Rosenthal, Prof. of Sociology,
"An outstanding contribution to the cause
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La Mesa, CA.
"I thank you for the influence you have had
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truth." -- Carol S. Andrews, La Mesa, CA.
"A real gem. . . It is an analysis and critique
of how mainstream high school textbooks teach
American history (or don't). But it is more
than that. What I think of as the unique contribution
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through history in our country. He has done
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Reading," on web site in anthropology, Arizona
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My family is tired of me dragging it around
with me playing 50 questions . . ." -- Katherine
McNeil, graduate student in education, University
"I haven't yet finished Lies My Teacher Told Me, but I read it every chance I can, and am
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"Lies is an essential reality check for students
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Weekly, Kansas City, MO.
"I'm reading the excellent Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History
Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen.... I'm amazed
at how many things I recall being taught in
school that are completely incorrect." -- David
A. Nye, Eau Claire, WI, posted to Secular Humanist
Discussion Group on the Internet, 2/29/96.
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Clonlara School, Michigan.
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-- Christina Santella, former HS history teacher,
"I read it twice and then it made the round
of friends who were stubborn about returning
it, but I finally got it back and now I'm reading
it again. Unfortunately it takes many readings
before I can begin to wipe out the mess I was
fed as a child." -- Erik Bailey.
"I just finished reading your book Lies My Teacher Told Me. It was probably the single
most enlightening book I've ever read. . . .
I feel like mailing a copy to my tenth grade
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paid attention!'" -- Joseph Papa.
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-- Beth Guiles, St. Regis, Montana.
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Chappell, Santa Rita High School, Tucson.
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"Loved it! Very inspirational. Assigned as
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Ph. D." -- Cat Dawson, Kansas State University.
"I have just finished reading Lies My Teacher Told Me, and I intend to assign it to my students
and recommend it to my colleagues. It addresses
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students why their college professors are contradicting
so much that they learned in high school. .
. . -- Carla Keirns, Department of History and
Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania.
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Department of History and Sociology of Science,
University of Pennsylvania.
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Weimer, 30-year public school teacher.
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"The most inspiring parts of your book were
your extensive notes and your godsent bibliographies
and references for materials for classroom use.
It would be so easy to write such a book and
offer no answers, but you did not, and I heartily
applaud you." -- Christopher Bertram, New York
"Lies is an utterly stunning experience .
. . Literally every paragraph drops my jaw yet
again." -- Dick Atlee, University of Maryland.
"[Lies My Teacher Told Me] is inspiring as
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you for the honest research of the past." --
Isaiah Robert Alatorre, Chicago.
"I am a 47 year old student at Metro State
University in Denver. You book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, has been an inspiration to me to become
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St. Louis, MO.
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Deasy, University of New Hampshire
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Memphis State University.
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"Your book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, is a
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"I assigned the book last year for a lower-division
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I heard many many times that they didn't know
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History, La Sierra University, California.
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-- Rose Kundanis, Keene State College, New Hampshire.
"This book is a painful read because it is
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way you think it is.'" -- Alfred Lehmberg, Lehmberg@snowhill.com,
29 Oct 1997.
"The excellent Lies My Teacher Told Me by
James W. Loewen [c]ontains nothing about U.S.
History you can't get in bits and pieces elsewhere,
but here it is all in one place and the book
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"The content of your book is the reason I
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aol.com email comment.
"I haven't finished your book yet, but I find
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-- Leonard Colby, Brazil.
"Lies My Teacher Told Me goes beyond recounting
fallacies of history and correcting American
image; it surveys social issues misreported,
ideas misrepresented, and encourages students
of history to think about no only the facts,
but the reporting which embellishes and colors
their presentation. An invaluable guide for
the reader." -- posted on Amazon.com website.
"Lies My Teacher Told Me is an eye-opening,
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"Even those who hated history class will not
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West Chester, PA, posted on Amazon.com website.
"I read Lies My Teacher Told Me this summer
and was extremely happy that I did! I retired
from 27 years of teaching high school history
last June and only wished you had written it
back in the 1960s. I had used one time or another
many of the textbooks that you reviewed, and
totally agreed with your insightful analysis.
-- Al Vetrini, from aol.com.
I am a history student in San Diego, California.
I found your book to be very fascinating. I
was amazed at the things I learned. . . I went
to the bookstore again to read up on John Brown
[in textbooks], and the segment on him was just
like you said they portrayed him. . . -- Gilbert
I just read the Lies book. Excellent and thought
provoking. I'm not much of a book buyer. I usually
borrow from the library. I only keep books that
I think are important. This is a definite keeper
and I am recommending it to others. -- Ned Zuparko,
Am half way through Lies and am loving it.
Thanks for writing it. I'm home schooling my
daughter, aged 12, and will use it often as
a resource; what great notes! -- George T. Karnezis,
"Fascinating and disturbing: one of the very
best books I've ever read." -- Renee Beymer,
"Get yourself a copy of Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook
Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen, and learn from
his years of research on American history textbooks.
You'll yearn to share with your students the
truths buried under the layers of blandness
and "heroification" in history texts." -- from
the web, "Multicultural.Mining.Co.com" 2/98.
"It really opened my eyes and I think reading
the book will open yours too!" -- Lori Rosen
"I read this awesome book also, so I know
what a true eye opener it is. During my internship,
I used sections of this book to supplement a
lesson on Christopher Columbus. The students
were genuinely interested as well as shocked
to learn about the "real" Christopher Columbus.
It is great to have this type of book around
to add such meaningful information to typical
lessons. Using this type of material made it
more fun for me to teach the students, and more
fun for the students to learn." -- Melissa Granat,
both from a conversation on the web at the University
of Florida, 1/97.
"The first four chapters in Lies is already
more interesting than all of my history classes
combined. . ." -- Jon Garcia, Internet discussion,
Pomona College, June, 1997.
"Scholarly but user-friendly, highly recommended."
-- "JD," Fletcher.iww Internet discussion, November,
"My favorite book is Lies My Teacher Told Me. It is fantastic reading and superb scholarly
work." -- Bob Harrison, Internet homepage, 12/97.
"Loewen's engaging, storytelling style casts
in even higher relief the bland, stale examples
he culls from history textbooks. As he looks
at the dark side of historical issues, he weaves
a fascinating tale of his own." -- Bil Johnson,
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island,
review in Educational Leadership, April 1997.
[Lies] "has brought tears to my eyes on more
than one occasion." -- Mary Ann Stephens, email,
"If you take the dangerous plunge into the
depths of this book, you may never be able to
teach history the same way again. . . . It will
impact my lesson plans and curriculum as greatly
as my experiences in student teaching and my
classes in college. It may do the same to you."
-- Glenn Peirce, history teacher, on K12.ed.soc-studies
"I . . . just finished reading your book,
Lies My Teacher Told Me, and I absolutely loved
it! It really inspired the way that I am looking
at my curriculum. As a matter of fact, I was
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-- Brandon Hentze, high school history teacher,
"I have shared your book with my team teaching
partner and . . . other members of the department
as well. We refer to it as the 'epiphany book'
because of some of the wonderful ideas presented
in it." -- Brandon Hentze, high school history
teacher, via hotmail.com, 3/98.
"My compliments on an excellent book. . .
. By the way, I never could decide whether you
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sometime high school history teacher, via pacbell.net,
"I haven't read any reviews of your book,
but I hope individuals are not branding this
as a piece of ax-grinding, revisionist history.
Nothing could be further from the truth. This
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graduate student in education, Minnesota.
"Loewen's point is not simply that we are
boring our students with watered- down feel-good
history, but that we are giving them an extremely
inaccurate picture of the USA, a picture where
they see no room for themselves as individuals."
-- David Dannenberg, letter to editor, Liberty
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"Thank you so much for the breath of fresh
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I can scarcely wait for your new book to land
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"My students . . . are being taught in ways
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10th Grade Teacher, Waterbury, CT.
"History, as Mr. Loewen proves, is a lively,
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in our schools." -- H. Donald Capps, former
history teacher in the public schools of SC.
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it is okay to question what is accepted wisdom."
-- Nova Poerwadi, Indonesia.
"I wish to thank you for your efforts in writing
Lies My Teacher Told Me. I read it for the first
time two years ago and have re-read it every
six months for perspective since. I have now
purchased 5-6 copies of the book, because I
give it to interested parties, friends, and
people who need a wake-up call. I will begin
student teaching in the spring and had never
before thought about how poorly history is taught
to our youth, until I read your book two years
ago. I have since gone on to read Zinn, Chomsky,
Lasch, Herman, Callenbach, etc. You opened my
eyes to the real world I live in and set me
in motion to change what I can. Thank you for
your inspiration." -- Michael Berry, cyberspace.
"What a wonderful book you wrote. As I work
through I am continually shocked by the truths
you bring to light and the deceptions you debunk.
Thank you. It has already made me a better history
teacher. I'm in my first year of teaching high
school U. S. History after graduating from Colorado
College in 1997. I feel much more empowered
already." -- Thaddeus Romansky, Denver, CO.
"Since 1980 I have taught 'The History and
Development of Racism in the United States of
America.' This semester marks passage of the
1700 mark in numbers of students who have taken
the course. This semester was also the first
time I have used your book as one of the required
readings. The students have responded as I did
when I found it -- HURRAH! One . . . wrote an
email in which he said that your book is 'the
key which has unlocked a door he can never close.'
. . . Many students, often third or fourth year
history majors, have been amazed at some of
the things they have never heard before. . .
. I am very grateful to you, and your book will
be a mainstay of that course for as long as
I am affiliated with it." -- Horace Seldon,
"Just a note of thanks from my students and
myself for Lies My Teacher Told Me. . . . It
has become one of the sources that the kids
reach for when they believe 'the Text' is simplistic
or misleading. 'Let's see what Dr. Loewen has
to say.'" -- Edward Trout, Pennsbury HS, PA.
"I just finished your book and was extremely
impressed by what you had to say. As a 6th grade
Social Studies teacher and department chair
for my middle school, I have just realized how
woefully ignorant I am of American history.
I also realize how inadequate my Social Science
education was. I can't remember ever being required
to take an American History course at the college
level. I just had to thank you for your book
and tell you that it will have a profound effect
on my teaching methods. I wish this had come
at the beginning of my teaching career rather
than so close to the end." -- teacher in Michigan
whose name I have suppressed.
"Bravo!!! I have just finished reading your
book Lies My Teacher Told Me. I must say that
it is the most informative and valuable book
that I have read in furthering my education.
. . . I must especially thank you for providing
a most valuable bibliography in which to further
my education." -- Jeffrey Swinehart, Shamokin,
"Your book Lies My Teacher Told Me, and especially
the chapter "Red Eyes," has had an unprecedented
effect on how I view the world. I have never
felt inclined to write a letter of approval
for anything I've read before. Your description
of the Indian experience in the United States
and, more importantly, the concept of a syncretic
American society has subtly, but powerfully,
changed my understanding of my country, and,
in fact, my own ancestry." -- Jon Hainer, Cambridge,
"Having almost finished reading Lies My Teacher Told Me, I couldn't wait to let you know how
powerfully it has affected me. I am 48, went
to a progressive school in NYC and still managed
to find my self bored and confused by history,
much less current events. Thank you for putting
me on the road to redressing this situation."
-- Julia L. Hammid, Troy, NY.
"I read Lies straight through at a sitting
the first time, annoying colleagues with bits
and pieces read aloud. We all enjoyed it." --
Mark Lause, Professor, University of Cincinnati.
". . . the best intellectual exercise I have
had in many years. I graduated from the University
of Michigan in 1966, with a major in History.
I am amazed at the numerous misconceptions which
survived even my college courses in American
History." -- Bill Zick, Michigan.
"This is the best book I have ever read considering
the fact that I am only up to page 60. . . I
can't put it down even when I eat! The best
part that I like is that you back up your facts
with other sources so the reader knows that
you ain't making all this stuff up." -- Johan
Jimenez, 19-year old Peruvian American student.
"For the last few years, I have used LIES
in conjunction with a traditional history text.
. . . What a great book! It always makes them
rethink the mega-narrative of American history
that they have imbibed since infancy. It also
provokes a wonderful classroom discussion--even
the quietest ones have something to say about
this. And they always rate LIES as the best
book and favorite assignment in the course,
no matter what other books or papers I assign."
-- Ruth Herndon, Prof. of History, University
"It is wonderful read. There is so much in
this book, it will make you think about the
role of textbooks in the social studies classroom,
how you will use the textbook, and what it means
to teach and know history." -- David Hicks,
Prof. of Social Studies Methods, Virginia Tech.
"I just want to tell you how much I enjoyed
your book. As a college student who would eventually
like to teach history, I found it to be very
eye- opening and informative. I read it at a
time when I was unsure as to what path I would
like to take in college. . . . Reading your
book was one of the motivating factors in my
decision. While reading it, I remembered the
whitewashing I received as a high school student.
God forbid you expressed a dissenting opinion,
or generated a valid counterpoint on a controversial
topic." -- Joshua Braarud, Cape Cod.
"I am reading your book every day recently,
and I love it. I am well educated, have read
widely and often, and am nearly forty years
old, and yet I find out that much of what I
thought I knew is wrong. . . . I have three
small children of my own, and I do not want
to have them spend forty years wandering in
the wilderness of ignorance before they find
the promised land." -- Bill Smith, Bemidji,
"I recently received a 5 on my AP American
History Exam and was writing to let you know
that your book was a great help in me achieving
such a score. My primary studying was not within
the pages of the assigned National Experience
textbook, but instead from your book Lies My Teacher Told Me and Howard Zinn's A People's
History of the United States. It goes to show
you that even though the teachers who graded
my essays may not always teach the truth within
their classrooms, they do know the truth when
they hear it, and grade accordingly." -- Andy
Weaver, Belfast, Maine.
"I got this for my kid, just to give him another
perspective, and ended hogging it up for myself.
My son had to fight me for it (which says a
lot about the author's skill -- my son WANTING
to read a book in the summer?!?)." -- Edward
Rosario, New York University.
"I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed
your book. I used to see Native American groups
protesting on Columbus Day and wonder what all
the fuss was about. After I read your book I
was ready to take up the pickets myself! As
a history major at Berkeley twenty five years
ago this was stuff I hadn't read about." --
Joan Ellis, Sacramento, California.
". . . Your book really touched me. I am a
first grade teacher and after I read your book
I was appalled at what I was teaching my class
about Columbus and Thanksgiving which I believed
to be true." -- Nancy Sabbatini, Alameda, CA.
"I am a high school student and my group of
friends have read your book Lies My Teacher Told Me and it has opened our eyes to the true
history behind our country, positive and negative.
. . . I am signed up to take American History
next semester of my 11th grade year (this year)
and we are using one of the twelve textbooks
you reviewed so I cant wait to attempt to start
discussions in class concerning issues discussed
in your book and use your book as a reference."
-- John Jennings, email from somewhere.
"I have just received and began reading my
copy of your newest book. I wanted to let you
know that both of your books have had a good
effect on me. As a new Park Ranger in the National
Park Service . . . I deal with the challenges
of properly passing on history to the public
everyday. You bring up a great deal of excellent
points in your book, and I have really enjoyed
reading it. -- ranger at Fort Smith, Arkansas.
"I bought your book at the airport as I was
wandering around. What a surprise! As I read
it, I became so engrossed in it that I knew
my flight would be one of the most swift and
interesting of my life. (It was.)" -- Merata
Mita, Hawai'i, 10/99.
"I want to thank you for clearing up many
of the historical events I have always been
curious about. I am using your book to supplement
my son's (and his friends) high school history
education. It is making them curious and a little
analytical. (At least, I hope that's what it's
doing.) They are asking questions." -- BJ Williams,
Fairbanks, Alaska, 11/99.
"Last semester a student wrote a paper about
your book Lies, and all of a sudden an entire
career path seemed to be validated! Thank you
for the perseverance to produce such a magnificent
work!" -- Prof. Rickey Vincent, San Francisco
"You are filling a vital need in the history
of our country, and you have also succeeded
in blowing my mind more times than any other
author I've ever encountered. . . . I have never
read anything so invigorating, challenging,
and illuminating." -- Doug Larsen, Northfield,
"Lies My Teacher Told Me was incredible. I
was touched, angered, fascinated all at the
same time." -- Christian Taylor, cui.edu.
"Lies My Teacher Told Me was very profound
and had an amazing impact on me." -- Aaron,
Skyline College, 11/99.
"I am glad someone made a book like this to
help students like me understand the importance
of history My history classes in high school,
I found, were not important to me or my life
because they simply taught what happened in
the past and did not make it relevant to what
was happening today." -- Ruby, Skyline College,
"I know that you dedicated this book to 'all
American history teachers who teach against
their textbooks.' I was not necessarily a member
of that group when those words were written.
But in due time, I'll stand in front of a classroom
and have every word of that statement apply
to me. Thank you." -- Michael Rokofsky, SUNY
"My penchant for history books gave me a bit
more of a background in historical myths than
the average Jolene, but even so I was stunned
by some of the disclosures written in this book.
. . . The information about Indians was priceless,
and the chapters on the Civil War and the Reconstruction
era caused my jaw to drop." -- found on Deja
News on usenet, 12/1999.
"Oh, no! I think my newest hero is James Loewen!
(Or is the PC term "role model?") This book
is truly amazing." -- Ketrina Poole, Oregon
State University, 2/2000.
"I am completely in love with this book. How
wonderful to finally have a history presented
to me which makes logical sense." -- Scott Cuthbert,
Oregon State University, 2/2000.
"WARNING!! This book has been known to piss
people off at their own ignorance and wonder
why they didn't learn about some of these things
in school. This book teaches one to question
the way History is conventionally taught. Mr.
Loewen doesn't claim to have all the answers
and doesn't need to. This is a book that encourages
the reader to discover the truth for themselves."
-- John Asher, Oregon State University, 2/2000.
"Your book has inspired me one hundred times
more to teach against my boring textbook. .
. . On a daily basis the kids tell me how much
they enjoy history now. They actually take notes!
They are eating it up" -- Michael Felix, Rosemead,
CA, 2/2000. "Mr. Loewen, I really enjoyed your
book. I am a 15 year old white american, who
was shocked at the items displayed in your writings.
. . . I told my friends some of this stuff;
they weren't disappointed at their heritage,
but interested. These were even people that
do not like history at all." -- Nick Schadle,
HS student, email, 3/2000.
"At the beginning of the semester, I made
[my students] a wager that, even though they
were not going to be tested on the historical
facts, they would nevertheless remember more
of the facts than they would have from an ordinary
textbook. One hundred percent of the students
vouched that this was true for each of them."
-- Patricia Highby, Silver City, NM, 3/2000.
"Although some critics have dismissed Loewen's
approach as 'pseudo-Marxist,' this knee-jerk
nullification of his very well constructed and
amply supported arguments simply serves to buttress
his arguments. Since Loewen himself as author
breeches the taboo of social class in his analysis,
the reductionist backlash would predictably
dismiss him as a 'pseudo-Marxist' even though
his entire critical framework is based on the
realization of the true power of a fully engaged
populace in a participatory democracy." -- student
of Patricia Highby, Silver City, NM, 3/2000.
"Having just finished your second book of
your Lies series, I wanted to write and congratulate
you on two wonderful books! As a schoolteacher
who currently works in the Education Section
of a museum (which includes historic sites),
I found your books a timely and engrossing read,
a much-needed look into how history has been
manipulated." -- Francis French, San Bernardino
County Museum, CA, 4/2000.
"Wow! I have never liked history, but after
reading Lies My Teacher Told Me, I wanted to
read more." -- Stephanie Poulos, undergraduate,
University of Illinois, 4/2000.
"In high school the question was always asked,
'Why is this important?' And my history teacher
always answered, 'to learn from our mistakes'
-- well, how can we do that if we don't know
what the mistakes are? Right on!" -- anonymous
undergraduate comment, University of Illinois,
"I left school feeling I was cheated of an
education It was no inner-city, poverty-stricken
school district, either. As soon as I left,
I started reading everything I could get my
hands on. I literally felt stupid. I wanted
to be educated and realized I was going to have
to do it myself. When my son was born . . .
I came to the decision to homeschool him. Your
books have been a great help in giving me an
overview of a more complete American History.
I'm using the information in them as well as
using them for starting points for further research.
Thank you for writing them." -- Debra Molinari,
"Your book is an invaluable reference source.
. . . I pass word of your book to any thinking
person I know whenever conversation goes to
certain subjects, which is almost everything,
in the everyday life in America." -- Rusty Miller,
"Lies My Teacher Told Me stands (almost) alone,
in terms of insightfulness, readability, and
relevance to American Studies. . . . In paragraph
after paragraph, chapter after chapter, Lies
had me thinking or even muttering, 'Yes! NOW
that makes sense! Of course!'" -- Jerry Stinson,
graduate student in American Studies, Fairfield
University, email, 6/2000.
"I cannot remember ever receiving a class
or a lecture on class in school. . . I find
it very interesting that Loewen's conclusion
is that working class people tend to stay working
class because they have not only been given
less opportunity for advancement but have been
told that they live in a classless society and
have enjoyed the same opportunities as everyone
else. As a result of this, according to Loewen,
they are led to believe that their failure to
succeed is mainly their own fault -- perpetuating
false myths and stereotypes. While I have not
had the chance to examine this idea more closely,
I think it's a step forward in answering the
question, 'why?' The next step should be: 'How
do we change this?'" -- Jane Shapiro, Lexington
HS student, Lexington, MA, 10/99.
"Lies My Teacher Told Me has served as my
personal North Star for the last four years
in the classroom." -- Brad Bates, St. Andrews
School, DE, 4/2000.
"I just want to say that was the most jaw
stretching book I have and will probably ever
read. Thank you." Dominic, 31 Oct 2000, LBSURF2@aol.com
"Several years ago, after getting Lies...
from my mother-in-law, I immediately sat down
and began reading. I finished the book that
same night (actually it was about 2am). From
that moment on, I fundamentally changed the
way I taught US History.... [Now] students love
my class, and their parents usually appreciate
that. I engage students who would probably fail
another class, and challenge students who are
used to the tide of section check-ups and scantron
tests, and I have fun doing it." -- Diego Sharon,
"I should say thank you for writing a book
that is an absolute gem. It fills a gap in the
social studies literature. We have needed this
book for some time now. My students absolutely
love it. They tell all their friends about it
and I believe it is becoming a part of the unofficial
curriculum at Valparaiso University." -- Allan
Brandhorst, Valparaiso University, email, 12/2000.
"It was with great interest and disappointment
that I read your book, Lies Me Teacher Told
Me. I was interested in hearing and seeing original
sources that told a very different tale than
the historical "fiction" I grew up on. My disappointment
was with myself and the materials I have been
given to teach my third-graders. If only I had
read your book BEFORE our unit on Columbus!
I have prided myself on bringing "multiculturalism"
into our ancient and crumbling excuse for curricular
materials, but lacking knowledge on the subject,
I succeeded in primarily perpetuating the myth..."
-- Shannon Dadlez, Highgrove Elementary School,
Riverside, CA, 12/2000.
"The title called out to me from its place
on the bookstore's shelf. And once I got home
and started reading, I was intensely pleased.
You write in a style that is very easy to read
- it is almost as if you are speaking directly
to me as I turn the pages. Like any good read,
it has given me some moments of "Wow! I didn't
know that!" ... But most of all, your book has
the spirit that I feel has always been present
in REAL history.... Your book has the power
of an idea that is present in every single word.
One of my personal phrases for use in situations
like this is the phrase "You write with blood."
Professor, your book is written with blood...and
when I say that I do not mean that it is actually
written with red ink, but I mean that you write
with spirit, with ideas, with courage and conviction
to bring forth the truth at any cost." -- Justin
J. Moss, University of Idaho, 12/2000.
"I took AP US History last year .... Our textbook
was the infamous The American Pageant. It quickly
became an ongoing joke that whenever we learned
about a new person, the class would ask his
height, weight, and how many boats he had (recurring
themes in the text).... Though this was her
first year teaching AP History, our teacher,
Ms. Rebecca L. Moy, quickly realized that the
text was nothing short of ridiculous. Throughout
the year, Ms. Moy photocopied sections of various
books as supplements to the text. We'd read
a chapter in the text and then be required to
read a chapter of The American Political Tradition,"
your Lies My Teacher Told Me, and various books
by Richard LaFeber. At the end of the year,
... we were assigned projects. Each person in
the class had a question or a topic we had to
present to the class. My topics were "The Vietnam
Anti-War Movement and the Government's Response,"
and "The Iran-Contra Affair.".... When it came
time to take the AP test, no one received a
lower grade than a 4." -- Claire Jones, high
school student, Kennebunk, Maine, 1/2001.
"You've done a great job helping historians
reach students at the university level." --
Ricky Floyd Dobbs, Prof. of History, Texas A&M
"Wow what a wondrous book. I requested your
book for Christmas and I got it. I read it all
the first night. It was so interesting. I even
wrote an outline on it so if you don't mind
I will upload an outline of your book. Many
students come to my web site in fact 1000 in
the month of December so therefore many students
will be able to learn the truth about history."
-- Dennis Cote, 12/2000, http://americangovt.homestead.com
"I thank you for your book Lies. All of America
should read it." -- Leslie D. Hannah, Cherokee,
"I don't know if you usually get fan letters
through E-Mail, but I just read your book, Lies My Teacher Told Me. And I had to tell you how
inspired I was. I'm a freshman history major
at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul,
MN. And despite my love for history I hated
my high school history classes too.... I hope
to have a career in the history profession and
I can't tell you how much your book shaped and
influenced my thinking. Thank you." -- Greg
Murry, GWMURRY@stthomas.edu 2/17/2001
"I have not yet finished Lies My Teacher Told Me, but am rather reading each paragraph carefully.
I am re-learning American History, and I finally
get it! For all these years (I am 49) I have
had the opinion that I don't like history, when
in truth, what I don't like is illogic, or inconsistency.
Thank you for your work. You have changed my
life." -- Elise Arseneau firstname.lastname@example.org
"To call this book an "eye-opener" is a vast
understatement. . . . Each chapter presents
new facts that I had never encountered before."
-- Stephen Jones, student, Missouri Southern
State College, 4/2001.
"I do not usually seek out authors' addresses
and write them, but your book Lies My Teacher Told Me is such an excellent intellectual adventure
that I really wanted to write and tell you how
informative and interesting I found your book
to be. It explains why I always found history
classes dead and boring." -- Paul Linden, Ph.D.,
"I am a junior at Ralston High School in Nebraska.
This year I chose to read your book Lies My Teacher Told Me. I just want to thank you. Your
book is an eye opener. It has not only left
a large impact on me, but now the teachers at
my school have begun to teach the truth about
Columbus. History is being revolutionized. Your
book has saved American History. Gratefully
yours, Samantha Sednek," 4/2001
"I bought Lies My Teachers Told Me through
the History Book Club a few years ago and couldn't
put it down. I now have it on my list of 'Universal
problem solvers' . . ." -- Roger Clemens, New
"I had to tell you how much I loved Lies My Teacher Told Me. It's been so cheapened to say
something changed my life, but this book did.
I've bought lots of copies from QPBC and give
them away. Everyone needs to read your book."
-- Ivonne Rovira Louisville, Ky, 4/2001.
"I'm a homeschool parent and have been listening
to tapes of the talks you gave at last summer's
CA Home Education Conference. I've been fascinated.
I have the tapes in my car and can't wait to
get in and just drive around!" -- Stacey Martin,