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Publisher's Summary

Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States has sold over 2.5 million copies and is still required reading in some high school and college classrooms. But its polemic rewriting of American history as a story of oppression is an agenda-driven fairy tale that has no place in academia. In Debunking Howard Zinn, Mary Grabar debunks Howard Zinn’s lies and traces the damage his mega-bestseller has done to American education, culture, and politics. 

©2019 Mary Grabar (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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SMUG - PERHAPS TOO SMUG

Does a good job going through the various inconsistencies with Howard Zinn's work (of which there are many) but gets a little hysterical at times. Shows a Charlie Kirk - like enthusiasm for telling the reader "socialism is bad, mmkay" and gets a little too close to defending slavery just to own the libs. Take it literally, but not seriously.

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Pure Alt-Right apologist.

Grabar does nothing to refute the fact that the National Guard and Federal troops massacred steel workers and coal miners. She makes excuses for what Westerners did to Native Americans by citing how violent the Native Americans were. She takes the ridiculous position that slavery wasn’t as bad in America as other places at the time. She then goes on to justify Japanese interment by citing a statement from a Swedish diplomat saying they were the nicest camps he’d ever visited. She opens with almost 2 hours of personal attacks on Zinn’s character then moves on to say that since he was a Communist anything he points out is wrong. Please don’t take my word for it. Listen to Zinn then listen to Grabar.

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really? big nope

I can't get past the first 5 minutes because the narrator is simply dripping with sarcasm and condescention...reminds me of a teenager acting like you're just stupid so I can't even listen to this. nope. maybe the content is decent...I'll never know.

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Excellent Book

I have heard of Howard Zinn and as a History major I have been disheartened and upset how history seemingly is being distorted. This book goes a long way to fight back against the travesty that is Zinn’s writings.

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Zinn destroyed!

A thorough rebuke of Zinnia communist propaganda is long overdue, and this book nails it. this should be required reading in all colleges and high schools.

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Honesty makes great history

This book is a requirement for actual historians, and everyone else who must know the truth about the communist political radical, and compulsive liar, Howard Zinn.

Very concise, clear, entertaining, and above all informatively honest.

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Wow - Can you say, “Heavy Handed?”

I am a skeptic of Zinn but also a skeptic of much “whitewashed” mainstream history textbooks. I was hoping to hear a thoughtful, reasoned examination and if needed, refutation of Zinn. Instead it’s a screed from the beginning. I don’t think I can finish this.

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Fantastic takedown of Zinn

breakdown with sources, catching Zinn's plagiarism, half truths and outright lies. it's a shame this work has been adopted by educators so widely and used to shape a generation.

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A must-read for parents of students

if you are a parent of a student that is required to read Howard zinn's books then this is a must-read.

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Explained several discrepancies

She explained all of the discrepancies that I thought about while enduring his book. I found his "letters" and others sources troubling

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  • 01-24-20

Good work

I was a bit skeptical that this woul be a right-wing propaganda work because Zinn and his followers were labeled as 'America-hating' in the introduction, but this is by no means a work of right-wing orthodoxy. The author defends the Democratic president Franklin Roosevelt against Howard Zinn's criticisms and wants no part of the campaign of Joseph McCarthy. But it also exposes a lot of the inaccuracies and mendacities in Zinn's work, which have become conventional wisdom for a lot of the intelligentsia.

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