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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Lies My Teacher Told Me

Lies My Teacher Told Me
by James Loewen
384 pages

I'm quitting this book after just a few pages. I started reading it at Disney World last year (last April, actually) and just couldn't get into it. At the time I thought it was because of WHERE I was, but now I think that it was more WHAT the book was. I expected a sort of trivia book filled with "DID YOU KNOW?!" type questions. Instead I found a criticism of textbooks and American education in general. Not that the criticism isn't valid, but the book simply wasn't what I was expecting.

I had every intention of picking this up again at some point but softdrink at Fizzy Thoughts says it doesn't get any better. In fact, it was her review that prompted me to give up on this one - she says everything I was thinking so go check it out. Thanks softdrink - you saved me hours of fruitless reading!


Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Sorry this one didn't work out. Sometimes you just have to put it down and move on to something better.

Unknown said...

I've given up on a few books myself because it wasn't what I expected and I really hate it when that happens... Hope your next book is better :)

Mandy said...

I had to read this in college in one of my American Studies classes. Be glad you didn't finish it - it totally wasn't worth it. Although from the way my professor went on and on about it you would have thought it was the best book ever.

Lisa said...

I couldn't finish it either, don't feel bad.

Anonymous said...

Just doing my part to save readers from bad sarcastic review at a time. ;-)

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

As soon as I saw the book title I remembered Softdrink's review! This is one I'll avoid!

Yes, you're smart to say "enough is enough!" There are too many great books waiting to be read.

Alyce said...

Thanks for the warning. I had actually been wondering about this book.

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