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48 Liberal Lies about American History (That You Probably Learned in School)
     

48 Liberal Lies about American History (That You Probably Learned in School)

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by Larry Schweikart
 

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A historian debunks four-dozen PC myths about our nation's past.

Over the last forty years, history textbooks have become more and more politically correct and distorted about our country's past, argues professor Larry Schweikart. The result, he says, is that students graduate from high school and even college with twisted beliefs about economics, foreign

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A historian debunks four-dozen PC myths about our nation's past.

Over the last forty years, history textbooks have become more and more politically correct and distorted about our country's past, argues professor Larry Schweikart. The result, he says, is that students graduate from high school and even college with twisted beliefs about economics, foreign policy, war, religion, race relations, and many other subjects.

As he did in his popular A Patriot's History of the United States, Professor Schweikart corrects liberal bias by rediscovering facts that were once widely known. He challenges distorted books by name and debunks forty-eight common myths. A sample:

? The founders wanted to create a ?wall of separation? between church and state
• Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation only because he needed black soldiers
• Truman ordered the bombing of Hiroshima to intimidate the Soviets with flatomic diplomacy?
• Mikhail Gorbachev, not Ronald Reagan, was responsible for ending the Cold War America's past, though not perfect, is far more admirable than you were probably taught.

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Textbooks have long served as a main battlefield in the culture wars and the latest salvo comes from Schweikart, a history professor at the University of Dayton (A Patriot's History of the United States), who examines leading American history texts and other books that he sees as purveying "a distinctly slanted view of American history-one that portrays the United States as oppressive, imperialistic, and evil." Each "lie" is deliberated in a brief essay. A chapter on the notion that FDR knew in advance that the Japanese would attack Pearl Harbor focuses largely on countering Robert Stinnett's Day of Deceit.The belief that Columbus was responsible for killing millions of Indians ("drivel") is, he says, based on faulty statistics. In examining the belief that Richard Nixon sent burglars into the Watergate office complex, the author accepts G. Gordon Liddy's account of events over John Dean's. Regarding the Rosenbergs, Schweikart cites Soviet documents proving they were indeed spies. Schweikart marshals an arsenal of statistics and scholarly studies, and while his own biases will limit his reach, he offers an object lesson in the need for scrupulous balance in the writing of history textbooks. (Sept. 4)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595230515
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/04/2008
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.09(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Larry Schweikart is the co-author of A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror, and is a professor of history at the University of Dayton. He has written more than 20 books on national defense, business, and financial history.

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48 Liberal Lies about American History (That You Probably Learned in School) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Vintage_Hippie More than 1 year ago
I am a historian, and it always amazes me when people review books that are not blatantly liberal in tone and say they're being "biased." This book is decidedly NOT liberal in tone, but it does present factual evidence showing there are always more details in a mix. Dr. Schweikart has brought out some very interesting points for which every student or reader of history should glean new information. The brilliance of this book is that it was deliberately intended to challenge the one sided presentation of the high school history books and make people realize that there was far more to the mix than is presented in the liberal textbooks of today. In fact, I will NOT use a textbook in a class for that very reason....... Additionally, I find Schweikart to be historically accurate in most areas whether you "agree" with him or not. IF you follow his research and glean a different conclusion, well, that's the beauty of historical research. However, if you merely READ his book and disagree because you lean too far toward liberalism, then that's just as biased as saying that his view is "too far right." Somewhere between the liberal left and the conservative right lies the truth, but if we cover up the conservative right, we will never see it. And that's the true value of this book. I will use it for many years to counter/balance any liberally biased historiography.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Larry Schweikart has put together an outstanding book and it hits home when you look at what has passed for curriculum in many schools. Modern textbooks are so biased in how they present American history that it is time that parents really look hard into what is being presented. As a history teacher, Schweikart corrects many deficiencies that I have seen institutionalized into textbooks and curriculum in many school districts. I would strongly recommend that parents read the book and then take a look at your child's social studies text book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading. Our kid's text books are a disgrace. So sad.
kyrunner More than 1 year ago
This book was a very through review of a lot of lies being spewed by the left today. Good to see them highlighted and clarified as to what they really are, lies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. All high school and college students should be required to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of what he shows is already well known. Some of his conclusions I don't agree with. However it's great to see someone tell the truth about JFK's involving the US in Vietnam (300 advisors to 16,000 advisors) and his analysis of the Rosenbergs was refreshing. He refutes the revisionists and shows how they try to confuse a clear issue.
Walks_Far_Woman More than 1 year ago
The truth is such a breath of fresh air!
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BrokeNeckReader More than 1 year ago
Book covered a variety of topics. Obvious research and hard facts make this book great. So good I am reading A Patriots History to the United States to learn America's history and unlearn some politics.
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