Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong (Revised, Updated)

James W Loewen (Author)

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$19.99  $18.39
New Press
Publish Date
September 24, 2019
6.0 X 1.4 X 8.9 inches | 1.5 pounds
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About the Author

James W. Loewen is the bestselling and award-winning author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, Lies Across America, Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus, Sundown Towns, and Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers' Edition (all from The New Press). He also wrote Teaching What Really Happened and The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White and edited The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader. He has won the American Book Award, the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship, the Spirit of America Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. Loewen is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Vermont and lives in Washington, DC.


Praise for Lies Across America
"Brims with fascinating history."
--Los Angeles Times

"Loewen is a one-man historical truth squad. . . . He has written a devastating portrait of how American history is commemorated."
--The Nation

"Every state has puffed-up heroes, bloated pioneer legend and inflated tales of military triumph. This book, sharp as a tack, punctures the worst of them."
--Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"A fascinating book."
--The Sacramento Bee

"A remarkable achievement. . . . A brisk, entertaining, and, at times, inspiring read."
--The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

"A fascinating study of what this country chooses to honor and why. As interesting as what is honored is what is left out."
--The Charlotte Observer

"An astute, funny, yet very serious book . . . Lies Across America will make us think hard about how easily the public can be misled by a group determined to get their view of history displayed on our roadsides."
--Robin W. Winks, Townsend Professor of History, Yale University

"A marvelous review of America's past that will engage and delight the reader. Loewen exposes with humor and outrage the lies told by our public monuments. He is the high school history teacher we all should have had."
--Carol Kammen, author of On Doing Local History

"An exhilarating, irreverent, often hilarious romp across our commemorative landscape, deftly mixing vivid reportage with caustic muckraking."
--David Lowenthal, author of The Past Is a Foreign Country and The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History

"A winner by any criteria: informative, stimulating, and challenging. Loewen's wry wit is a welcome bonus, too often missing in books of this character."
--Edwin C. Bears, former chief historian, National Park Service

"I would have thought it impossible for Loewen to write a book that I would find more interesting than Lies My Teacher Told Me, but he's managed to do so."
--Thomas Connors, professor of history, University of Northern Iowa

"A great book, a fun book, and an important book."
--Ira Berlin, professor of history, University of Maryland