My turn to recommend a book, I guess. I've already talked about this one, I'm sure but it really can't be recommended enough. Everyone should read Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen. Not just because it points out the hypocrisy (and overt errors) in our history textbooks. Not just because it showcases the manipulation these books attempt. Mainly because it instills an ethos of examining historical texts (not just school books) with a critical eye to the twist the author is giving the subject. I do not exaggerate when I say that this book has changed the way I read history. As an example, the book talks about the use of photos in texts. The placement and content of the photo can be a jarring mismatch with the tenor of the chapter (ie a picture of smiling soldiers at a USO event during a chapter on Vietnam.)
As an aside, Loewen's new book, Sundown Towns looks fascinating. The subtle (or overt) creation of race-specific enclaves has a long and bloody history, and this examination of modern american examples looks really interesting. I didn't even know the book was out, but I am headed over to the book store at lunch to pick up a copy.
In a few weeks, after I have finished it, I might be back with a more zombie filled recommendation!
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