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And the Worst Book of History Is …
New York Times ^ | July 16, 2012 | JENNIFER SCHUESSLER

Posted on 07/16/2012 1:25:38 PM PDT by reaganaut1

Edited on 07/16/2012 1:34:47 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

The political direction of the country may be up for grabs until November, but the right has scored an interim victory — if that’s the word — in a weeklong contest to determine “the least credible history book in print” just concluded by the History News Network.


(Excerpt) Read more at artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; History
KEYWORDS: books; historiography; pages
I am interested in Freepers' opinions of the books mentioned.
1 posted on 07/16/2012 1:25:41 PM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

I would have voted Zinn’s book as the worst immediately- its only fit for toilet paper.


2 posted on 07/16/2012 1:40:57 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: reaganaut1

I would say that Zinn’s book should be right up there, but I also think Michael Bellesiles’ “Arming America” should be right near the top of the list.

There aren’t many academic “historians” who have had a prestigious prize (Bancroft) rescinded and been kicked out of their school for a “history” they wrote.


3 posted on 07/16/2012 1:41:34 PM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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To: reaganaut1

Dreams of My Father.


4 posted on 07/16/2012 1:42:17 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Sigurdrifta

I concur.


5 posted on 07/16/2012 1:44:12 PM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: reaganaut1

Zinn’s book definitely.


6 posted on 07/16/2012 1:48:55 PM PDT by reaganaut (VAB! Voting against both Romney and Obama.)
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To: Noumenon

Ping.


7 posted on 07/16/2012 1:54:41 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: dfwgator

That is my top choice, but the Upton Sinclear screed The Jungle is near the top.


8 posted on 07/16/2012 1:59:05 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: reaganaut1; rockrr
Thomas DiLorenzo’s “The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War”

Just about anything by DiLorenzo would qualify. His work is the standard of bad history -- or would be, if it were history at all.

Also, Arthur Schlesinger's Age of Jackson which barely mentions what happened to the Cherokee and other Indian tribes during Jackson's reign. I suspect he didn't mention it at all in the original edition, but stuck in two sentences in later editions so people couldn't charge him with completely falsifying the record.

Some of Garry Wills's books are terribly wrong headed, but the man is extremely industrious, and that counts for something. He's sort of like a hunting dog that won't find the fox but will always come up with something unexpected.

9 posted on 07/16/2012 2:01:20 PM PDT by x
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To: ConservativeDude

“I, Rigoberta Menchu.”


10 posted on 07/16/2012 2:01:36 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: reaganaut1

Those votes were about David Barton, not his book or Jefferson.

Dreams of my Father and Audacity of Hope were not written by B. Hussein Obama but ghosted by “Dr” Bill Ayers They were both trash with more lies than truths.


11 posted on 07/16/2012 2:03:32 PM PDT by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: reaganaut1
“the least credible history book in print”

The unHoly Qu'ran comes to mind ...

12 posted on 07/16/2012 2:03:40 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: reaganaut1

Nice to see the liar Barton getting the recognition he so richly deserves.


13 posted on 07/16/2012 2:11:19 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: reaganaut1
Another candidate should be The Strange Death of President Harding by Gaston B. Means (New York: Guild, 1930) This sensational "insider" account of the Harding administration was a bestseller until it was exposed as a fraud in 1933
14 posted on 07/16/2012 2:17:16 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: DuncanWaring

Anything by Zinn or Chomsky.


15 posted on 07/16/2012 2:24:08 PM PDT by Noumenon (I will not pay the Obama jizya.)
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To: dfwgator

Now, now - remember: for leftists, it’s the narrative, not the truth that counts. That was their actual excuse for this stinkburger.


16 posted on 07/16/2012 2:25:52 PM PDT by Noumenon (I will not pay the Obama jizya.)
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To: reaganaut1
Rick Perlstein's Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (New York: Scribner, 2008) was a disappointment when I read it back in 2008. Although he is a man of the Left, Perlstein wrote a credible history of the Barry Goldwater movement in Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus (New York: Hill & Wang, 2004). However, Nixonland is jaundiced and one-sided. For example, in discussing the debates during the 1960 presidential election, Perlstein only focuses on the first of four debates, in which Nixon did poorly, and does not even mention the other three in which he did better.

Although Nixonland provides a lot of details about Nixon's political career, it's bad history and should be read with caution.

17 posted on 07/16/2012 2:30:36 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: LS

Ping.


18 posted on 07/16/2012 2:31:42 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: x

“Also, Arthur Schlesinger’s Age of Jackson which barely mentions what happened to the Cherokee and other Indian tribes during Jackson’s reign. I suspect he didn’t mention it at all in the original edition, but stuck in two sentences in later editions so people couldn’t charge him with completely falsifying the record.”

That, and its barely readable and about as interesting as paint drying.


19 posted on 07/16/2012 2:32:23 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: dfwgator

I agree- Dreams of My Father- plagiarized to boot


20 posted on 07/16/2012 2:35:45 PM PDT by BonRad
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To: reaganaut1
Zinn’s piece of Marxist propaganda. I say this because if you take American history at a college/university you will be forced by the professor to read this book.
21 posted on 07/16/2012 2:36:05 PM PDT by C19fan
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To: x

What’s truly sad is to see anyone citing DiLorenzo as a reference.


22 posted on 07/16/2012 3:22:30 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: GenXteacher

And, on top of everything else, he totally gets the Jackson/BUS stuff wrong and subscribed to the “democracy foaming perilously near the crest” garbage.


23 posted on 07/16/2012 3:57:09 PM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: reaganaut1

By the way, Zinn has been around since 1980 and has sold 2 m. “Patriot’s History” has been around just since 2004 and already sold 1/3 m with half a mil in print.


24 posted on 07/16/2012 3:59:53 PM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: LS

I’ll have to take your word for it. I got about a fourth of the way through and deemed it unworthy to finish.


25 posted on 07/16/2012 6:54:58 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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