Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W Loewen. ISBN: 0684818868

An expose on how history textbooks--especially those for high school students--have played fast and loose with the truth of American history, mainly by selective omission.

For instance, this book mentions the role of the plagues in decimating the native Americans, that John Brown was not crazy and was fully aware that fighting for the slaves might be a doomed venture, that many of the wars fought and NOT fought have been directly attributable to America's interests in that region (primarily oil), and explains that the people of the Alamo were fighting for the freedom to own slaves.