Social scientist and professor James Loewen is an outspoken critic of feel-good history. In his book Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American Textbook Got Wrong (1996) he debunks the myths and exposes the omissions he feels are taught in the nations high schools. Disturbed by his college students lack of knowledge of history and concerned about minority misconceptions, Loewen spent two years at the Smithsonian analyzing 12 leading history texts and 11 years writing this best-selling indictment of history teaching. Loewen believes that controversy has been removed from classrooms in favor of blind patriotism. Any history book that celebrates, rather than examines, our heritage has the by-product, intended or not, of alienating all those in the out group, those who have not become affluent, and denies them a tool for understanding their own groups lack of success. Loewens other books include Mississippi: Conflict and Change (1974, rev. 1980), a revisionist history of the state written with a coalition of students and faculty at Tougaloo College, Mississippi; Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White (1971), a study of this minoritys role in society; Social Science in the Courtroom (1983), based on the authors experiences as an expert witness in civil rights cases and The Truth About Columbus: A Subversively True Poster Book For A Dubiously Celebratory Occasion (1992). In addition, the author is a frequent contributor to professional publications, sometimes under the pseudonym James Lyons. James W. Loewen was born February 6, 1942 in Decatur, Illinois and was educated at Carleton College (B.A., 1964) and Harvard University (M.A, 1967; Ph.D., 1968). He was a sociologist and teacher specializing in race relations at Tougaloo College, Mississippi from 1968 to 1974.