Lies They Teach in School: Exposing the Myths Behind 250 Commonly Believed Fallacies (Paperback)
It is a cliché that history is written by the victors, but what we accept as history is replete with stories of great men and events that either never happened or didn’t happen the way we were told they did. Such items are taught in schools. They are passed down to us by our families and friends and have become part of our shared cultural knowledge. And they are wrong. Touching on a number of topics— including history, current events, government, sports, geography, and popular culture—Lies They Teach in School exposes errors that have been perpetuated for far too long. It will enlighten and entertain. It will certainly start a number of arguments, and settle a few others.
Herb W. Reich has worked a lifetime in publishing. He spent 15 years as senior acquisitions editor at John Wiley & Sons. Before that, he administered the behavioral science publishing program at Basic Books and served as editorial director of the Macmillan Book Clubs. He is the author of the Skyhorse title Lies They Teach in School. He edited The Odyssey Scientific Library, contributed to The Random House Dictionary of the English Language and the Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology, and spent two years as a staff writer with NBC-TV.