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"History" often is a tool for keeping power in the hands of the elite. The controversy over Confederate monuments points up the mendacious national narrative that has been spoon-fed to Americans.

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George W. Bush has said that history will determine the greatness of his presidency. According to an informal poll by George Mason University's History News Network, 98 percent of historians polled rated Bush's presidency a failure. Sixty-one percent ranked him last among presidents, while only 4 percent placed him among the top two-thirds.

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