Monday, December 19, 2022

"Myth America"

New from Basic Books: Myth America: Historians Take On the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past edited by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer.

About the book, from the publisher:

America’s top historians set the record straight on the most pernicious myths about our nation’s past

The United States is in the grip of a crisis of bad history. Distortions of the past promoted in the conservative media have led large numbers of Americans to believe in fictions over facts, making constructive dialogue impossible and imperiling our democracy.

In Myth America, Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer have assembled an all-star team of fellow historians to push back against this misinformation. The contributors debunk narratives that portray the New Deal and Great Society as failures, immigrants as hostile invaders, and feminists as anti-family warriors—among numerous other partisan lies. Based on a firm foundation of historical scholarship, their findings revitalize our understanding of American history.

Replacing myths with research and reality, Myth America is essential reading amid today’s heated debates about our nation’s past.

With Essays By

Akhil Reed Amar• Kathleen Belew• Carol Anderson• Kevin Kruse• Erika Lee• Daniel Immerwahr• Elizabeth Hinton• Naomi Oreskes• Erik M. Conway• Ari Kelman• Geraldo Cadava• David A. Bell• Joshua Zeitz• Sarah Churchwell• Michael Kazin• Karen L. Cox• Eric Rauchway• Glenda Gilmore• Natalia Mehlman Petrzela• Lawrence B. Glickman• Julian E. Zelizer
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--Marshal Zeringue