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Monday, March 22, 2004
Howard Zinn: Bad Historian

Michael Kazin at Dissent has an excellent article on Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States, now in its sixth edition. Writes Kazin:

Thus, a narrative about demonic elites becomes an apology for political failure. By Zinn's account, the modern left made no errors of judgment, rhetoric, or strategy. He never mentions the Communist Party's lockstep praise of Stalin or the New Left's fantasy of guerilla warfare. Radical activists simply failed to muster enough clear-eyed troops to pierce through the enemy's mighty, sophisticated defenses.