Liberal Lies About American History A historian debunks four dozen PC myths about our nation s past Over the last forty years history textbooks have become and politically correct and distorted about our country s past argues professo

  • Title: 48 Liberal Lies About American History
  • Author: Larry Schweikart
  • ISBN: 9781595230515
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A historian debunks four dozen PC myths about our nation s past Over the last forty years, history textbooks have become and 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, reliA historian debunks four dozen PC myths about our nation s past Over the last forty years, history textbooks have become and 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 atomic diplomacy Mikhail Gorbachev, not Ronald Reagan, was responsible for ending the Cold War America s past, though not perfect, is far admirable than you were probably taught.

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    1. 48 Liberal Lies About American History is a shocking read. In formatting this book, Larry Schweikart states a "liberal lie", and then provides evidentiary support to refute claims made. However, at times, he fails to realize that some of these "liberal arguments" are much more nuanced than the ones he posits.Of particular interest is his take on “Lie # 14: Women had no rights in Early America.” Schweikart takes issue with Carol Berkin’s and Mary Beth Norton’s statement in Women of Americ [...]

    2. Some new perspective on the old stories. Extensively footnoted, it allows the reader to go and do his/her own research to confirm/refute the assertions of either side of the argument. And, if you don't believe what he's saying in this book, please go do your own research and THEN write your review.

    3. I think this book would make more sense if he substituted "liberal" for "New Left" because that is who he is really attacking. As a liberal I found this book insulting. As a historian, I disagree with many of his assertions. As someone who has not even been taught half the "myths" he "explodes", I find it comical.

    4. OK, so I got this book from my mother. Not one I would have picked up otherwise- the title alone is enough to make me cringe. However, taken with a grain of salt (as every political book ought to be taken) I found it very interesting. Anyone wanting to get to the truth ought to study both perspectives IMO.

    5. The book is twisted. I did not enjoy it. History of any nation is prone to get revised as time goes on. Leaders, who are common men/women, get elevated to a hero/demi-god status. Facts get left out and only accomplishments are remembered. Not all revisionist historians have a hidden agenda. It is simply their intepretation and understanding of the facts. This book is trying too hard to paint other authors as vicious liberal lie mongers.

    6. One important aspect about this book is the continuation of the title"that you probably learned in school"So what did I think of this book? I was extremely interested in the book because of the extended portion of the title; I was actually concerned about what my grandchildren (or maybe even me)was or had learned concerning American history. First and foremost; I was never taught any of these so-called lies, not in grammer school, not in Junior or Senior high and not in college. So, I began to q [...]

    7. Each of the 'lies' was summarized in a few, concise pages. There were several that I remembered having been 'taught' -- and some that were so outrageous, I was stunned that anyone believes such drivel. For those who are convinced that they don't like history or that nothing important is ever misconstrued or misrepresented, this is a perfect book.

    8. Good overview of some of the major flaws in modern college history texts. Should be read as a companion to typical college history texts.

    9. Here is another book that collapses under the weight of its own gimmick. Books like “48 Liberal Lies” happen because there is a desire among writers and publishers to produce books that rely on gimmicks to grab and hold the modern American’s attention span. With forty-eight chapters, no particular repudiation is allowed to take up too much room, meaning that the reader is often privy to only rough sketches of an argument against something.You’ll rarely hear me say this, but this book sho [...]

    10. I could not finish this book. I am not an extreme liberal or an extreme conservative, but I do like to stay informed of both view points. This book made that actually impossible. Most of the "lies" were things I have never even heard about and the author's explanation did not make sense. He picked small parts to over-emphasize and just did not stop.One sticks out in my mind: that Columbus, himself, actually killed millions of indigenous Americans. Has anyone else ever made that claim? In the his [...]

    11. This book is very eye-opening. You know the saying those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it? Well, it's a bit hard to learn from history when the history that is being taught and learned is such a slanted view of what actually happened. The same mistakes will be made over and over again, and the liberals will just put the focus and the blame on someone else.A lot of these lies are hurting our country right now. :(

    12. Bruce gave me this for Christmas as a joke. In the spirit of good will I am reading it. I am half-way through it and it is a horrible piece of right slanted slander. I will finish it because it's always good to get inside the head of opposing viewpoints, but it sure does raise my blood pressure!!

    13. With 45 pages of endotes, one can hardly say it isn't well-researched. Professor Schweikart does a fantastic job of providing a concise and fact-based accounting of historical people and events, which are under threat of "revision" by those who cannot be bothered with research, facts or objectivity.Facts are pesky things that have a nasty habit of tripping up those who choose to ignore them.

    14. Great book tackling some tough subjects exposing liberal bias' in our textbooks. I like that it is well sourced and not simply an opinion book. Also gives good examples of the fallout of some of our political policies, what Thomas Sowell calls "Beyond Stage One" thinking.

    15. everything true is falseeverything good is badeverything right is wrongyour buffalo killed my indians

    16. I detest the title of this book. "Liberal Lies" is both inflammatory and inaccurate. Although I would guess most people know what he means, the definition of "liberal" is hotly disputed, and if he bothers to tell us exactly what he means by it, I missed it. And while these "lies" are certainly taught, I'd hazard a guess that most people teaching them believe in them, so they are not taught by "lying liars" but by people who're either misinformed or don't understand what really happened. Or, in a [...]

    17. This book was something a family member gave me a few years ago, and the title almost kept me from picking it up. Despite that, I'm glad I did. Many of the myths explored were never something I was taught in public high school or as a history minor in college. (I should note though that some more conspiracy-minded/less well informed friends have stated several of the lies as facts, some of which they were taught as a student. So depends on who your teacher is/where you go, I guess.) I like getti [...]

    18. Interesting but ultimately unsatisfying. Since Schweikart covers so much ground he doesn't have space to treat any of his topics in great depth. This book is probably most useful as a guide to future reading.

    19. Ironically, Larry Schweikart repeatedly demonstrates the flaws he criticizes in others. His discussion of the Scopes trial does not even address the fact that evolution has survived extensive testing and been shown to be valid science, while the many versions of Creationism have no scientific basis and are merely examples of religion. The same DNA that is used to demonstrate paternity clearly demonstrates that we share ancestors with all of the other primates - something Creationists claimed was [...]

    20. My 15 year old cousin inspired me to read this book. I'm afraid to admit it but he was discussing with me some things he has been learning in school. I was shocked to hear him say that FDR knew about the attacks on Pearl Harbor ahead of time (even though that means there would be huge culpability on hundreds of radio operators in the military at that time). He also told me one of his teachers thought (and therefore teaches in class) that 9/11 was not the work of terrorists but an act of the US g [...]

    21. Absolutley fantastic book. I brought this into my Government class, and it sparked some lively debates. One much appreciated aspect of this book is the numerous in-text citations and quotations, providing evidence that the author's points aren't just being made up. Criticisms I may add, however, is the author's intense dislike for any who call themselves democrats, past of present, regardless of their time period and his insufficent answer on the Spansh Americain war. Otehr than tha, a thoroughl [...]

    22. Although I do not believe every "fact" written in this book, the author shows how we may believe certain aspects oh history according to whom does the story telling. There are some very interesting facts that the author attempts to refute, although personally I have done research in some of these areas and still believe the data I did, rather than the authors. Overall, it is well written and informative, even if I don't like the information it is telling me.

    23. Enlightening and sad that many of the well intentioned liberal programs started by Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Johnson and others have resulted in unintended consequences. History textbooks have painted a different picture of reality. Our economy and society has suffered as a result.Backed by facts the author calls out these 48 lies fostered on our education system at the hands of liberal authors.History is often portrayed as a set of lies agreed upon.

    24. While Larry points out the lies and omissions of the Left Historians I also think he did the same on some of the stories. I still liked the book and several of the "48 Lies" I found very interesting.

    25. If you've read Howard Zinn and listened to NPR for years as I have, this book is one way to clarify misconceptions while adding some new ones. For instance, did you know it's ok to ignore the constitution as long as you're a republican? Fancy that. And, going off the gold standard was the one smart move of a democratic president? Why should our economy be based on sound principles anyway?

    26. Very interesting book. It does shatter the images that have been portrayed by teachers, the media, and others about events in our history. While each subject gets a cursory explanation, the author provides plenty of references should you desire to explore any of the subjects further.

    27. The nice thing about the book is that it touches a many topics in quick fashion. More could be said about each topic, but that would be left for further study. A good compliment to Michael Medved's "10 Myths about America".

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