A "fascinating" look at what students in Russia, France, Iran, and other nations are taught about America (The New York Times Book Review).
This "timely and important" book (History News Network
) gives us a glimpse into classrooms across the globe, where opinions about the United States are first formed. History Lessons
includes selections from textbooks and teaching materials used in 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 some alternative viewpoints on the history of the United States from the time of 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 thinks about America's past.
"A brilliant idea." --Foreign Affairs