Lies My Teacher Told Me

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A History teacher who attends my church recently recommended that I read Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen in the context that most history we’ve been taught in school is erroneous. Supposedly this author uses primary sources and has brought to light many falsehoods that have gone undetected. I have one of your books (Teaching the Trivium), and I respect your scholarship. Therefore, I was wondering if you know of the book and if you can comment on its content. Since you rely on primary sources for your research, I was wondering if you know of this author and if you would recommend him? He apparently does not write from a Christian perspective and is more liberal in his views, so I was seeking some input before I read this book. Can you suggest some criteria that would help to critique a book of this nature for someone who is not well versed in the subject matter he tackles. I guess, as with any subject that we are not expert in, how can we know if it is true? I appreciate your thoughts. Thank you, Pam

Can anyone give us a critique of this book?