Lies My Teacher Told Me; Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen
Here's one of the paragraphs I like from this book:
By downplaying covert and illegal acts by the government, textbook authors narcotize students from thinking about such issues as the increasing dominance of the executive branch. By taking the government's side, textbooks encourage students to conclude that criticism is incompatible with citizenship.And by presenting government actions in a vacuum, rather than as responses to such institutions as multinational corporations and civil rights organizations, textbooks mystify the creative tension between the people and their leaders. All this encourages students to throw up their hands in the belief that the government determines everything anyway, so why bother, expecially if its actions are usually so benign. Thus our American history textbooks minimize the potential power of the people and despite their best patriotic efforts, take a stance that is overtly antidemocratic.
Pg. 231, Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Loewen