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

Basic Books

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

Kevin Kruse • Julian E. Zelizer • Akhil Reed Amar • Kathleen Belew • Carol Anderson• 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

Area of Interest
African American
Asian American
Borderlands History
Constitutional History
Diplomatic History
Economic History
Family History
Gender & Sexuality
History & Public Policy
History of Childhood
Imperial History
Indigenous History
Intellectual History
Political History
Public History
Race & Ethnicity
Social History
War & Society
19th Century
20th Century
21st Century
American South
American West
North America
United States