James W. Loewen, author of the must-read Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, found the same crappy passage about September 11th in two different high school textbooks:
“In New York City, the impact of the fully fueled jets caused the twin towers to burst into flames. The fires led to the catastrophic collapse of both 110-story buildings as well as other buildings in the area. The numbers of people missing and presumed dead after this assault was estimated to be 2,750.”
The NY Times gets into the dirty practice of fake authors not writing their crappy textbooks just for the money, but they keep clear of calling out the publishers for their bland, watery doublethink. I always considered myself hip to the jingoistic lies of history, but Loewen's book managed to shock me a few times. After I read another lesbian coming of age memoir I'm going to start into Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong. Book report to follow.