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Myth America: Historians Take on the Biggest Legends and Lies about Our Past

Myth America: Historians Take on the Biggest Legends and Lies about Our Past

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In this instant New York Times bestseller, 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

Author: Kevin M. Kruse, Julian E. Zelizer
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: 01/03/2023
Pages: 400
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.32lbs
Size: 9.45h x 6.22w x 1.42d
ISBN: 9781541601390

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 06/13/2022
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2022
Library Journal 08/01/2022 pg. 110

About the Author
Kevin M. Kruse is a professor of history at Princeton University and the editor or author of five books, including White Flight and One Nation Under God. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey. 

Julian E. Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author and editor of numerous books, most recently Burning Down the House and Abraham Joshua Heschel. He lives in New York City. 

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