The Modern Scholar

  • by James W. Loewen
  • Narrated by James W. Loewen
  • 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

You will get the most from this course by reading or listening to Professor Loewen's book, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. Within that book are many facts about American (and world) history to which most people have simply never been exposed. Nationalist history by textbook authors and the descendants or biographers of the famous and infamous have given history students a very skewed vision of our true history - indeed, the true history of mankind. This course is designed to enlighten and encourage you to consider the factual basis of many of our most-cherished yet glossed-over stories and the real-life characters who populate them. From archaeological misinformation to investigations into the nature of modern public policy, Professor Loewen challenges you to consider the history of what "was" rather than what has been told by standard teaching methods and textbooks.

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More than a retelling of history

In this book Dr. Loewen takes a look at the some of the major conflicting issues in our most commonly re-told histories of the USA. His choice of historical material touched on many of the taboo subject other history courses seem to skim over, yet fit into the limit of 8 hours The Modern Scholar series seems to have. You can tell that Dr. Loewen takes pride in his work and enjoys talking about it, which adds to the enjoyment of the listener. In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed re-looking at the history of the USA with a slightly different, perhaps less bias view. I have not checked his references, so I hope we can take his word for it.

So why the 4 star review? Chapter 13, his last chapter, did not seem as organized or as focused as the others. His overall premise is sold, just the choice of words and stories were not effective, I felt. I would give a 4.5 if I could for this small complaint.
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- Nicholas

A worthy course

As a recent immigrated Taiwanese South African to USA, I could not understand why everybody (especially African Americans/Europeam Americans)are so obsessed with Race relations, this course explained it to me forcibly. I think Ethnocentrism is a danger to American mind, when my African American co-worker jokingly accused me of "racism" when I greeted her with "Yo", I hesitated to explain to her in Taiwanese schools and millitary, "Yo" was a standard reply as in "Yes Sir"...
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- Chi-Hung

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-14-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books