Books: Non-Fiction

History Lessons: How Textbooks from Around the World Portray U.S. History

Book – Non-fiction. By Dana Lindaman and Kyle Ward. 2004. 404 pages.
How U.S. history is portrayed in textbooks from around the world.

Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Education

historylessonsHistory Lessons offers a lighthearted and fascinating challenge to the biases we bring to our understanding of American history. This book gives us a glimpse into classrooms across the globe, where opinions about the United States are first formed.

Heralded as “timely and important” (History News Network) and “shocking and fascinating” (New York Times), History Lessons includes selections from Russia, France, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Canada, and others, covering such events as the American Revolution, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Iran hostage crisis, and the Korean War, providing an alternative history of the United States from the Viking explorers to the post–Cold War era.

By juxtaposing starkly contrasting versions of the historical events we take for granted, History Lessons affords us a sometimes hilarious, often sobering look at what the world learns about America’s past. [Publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9781595580825 | Published by The New Press.