Lies My Teacher Told Me: A Graphic Adaptation

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by James W. Loewen, Adapted and Illustrated by Nate Powell

New Press

4/16/2024, hardcover

SKU: 9781620977033


At last! The long-awaited graphic version of the multi-million copy bestselling corrective to American history myths--adapted by the famed National Book Award-winning artist behind John Lewis's March trilogy

Since its first publication in the 1990s, Lies My Teacher Told Me has become one of the most important and successful--and beloved--history books of our time. As the late Howard Zinn said, "Every teacher, every student of history, every citizen should read this book." Having sold well over 2 million copies, the book also won an American Book Award and numerous other commendations and prizes and was even heralded on the front page of the New York Times long after its first publication.

Now, the brilliant and award-winning artist Nate Powell--the first cartoonist ever to win a National Book Award--has adapted Loewen's classic work into a graphic edition that perfectly captures both Loewen's text and the irreverent spirit of his work. Eye-popping illustrations bring to life the true history chronicled in Lies My Teacher Told Me, and ample text boxes and callouts ensure nothing is lost in translation. The book is perfect for those making their first foray past the shroud of history textbooks, and it will also be beloved by those who had their worldviews changed by the original.


"Powell's characteristically fluid art lends new depth...Long a favorite of radical educators, Loewen's original text receives the vital and accessible adaptation it deserves." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Countless people have told me how their lives were changed by reading the original Lies My Teacher Told Me--including many inspired to become U.S. history teachers themselves. With Nate Powell's skillful adaptation and creative illustrations, readers can see detailed examples of how, to quote Loewen, 'history textbooks are anti-citizenship manuals, handbooks for acquiescence.' This book will get young people asking the right questions and looking beyond textbooks for answers." -- Deborah Menkart, executive director of Teaching for Change and co-director of the Zinn Education Project

About the Contributors:

James W. Loewen (1942-2021) was the bestselling and award-winning author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, Lies Across America, Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus, Sundown Towns, and Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers' Edition (all from The New Press). He also wrote Teaching What Really Happened and The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White and edited The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader. He won the American Book Award, the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship, the Spirit of America Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award.

Nate Powell is the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award, for civil rights icon John Lewis's March trilogy. Powell's work has won a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens selections, and two Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist selections. Powell has discussed his work at the United Nations, as well as on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, CNN, PBS, and Free Speech TV. The co-author, with James W. Loewen, of Lies My Teacher Told Me: A Graphic Adaptation, he lives in Bloomington, Indiana.