Books in Brief

Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America, by Mary Grabar (Regnery; 327 pp., $29.99). Mary Grabar has performed an invaluable service by taking the time to dissect Howard Zinn’s polemical attack on America, A People’s History of the United States (1980). Although she doesn’t cover every topic Zinn addresses, she thoroughly discusses the ones of greatest significance. Throughout her book she provides clear evidence that Zinn’s history misrepresented historical events by omitting vital information.

I was well familiar with Zinn’s historical misrepresentations and omissions long before Graber’s work, but didn’t know much about Zinn himself. I was so accustomed to leftist professors in academe I simply accepted Zinn as another one and dealt only with what he said in A People’s History. Graber makes clear Zinn wasn’t merely to the left, but a Marxist whose goal was to produce not history, but propaganda to convert a generation of American college students.

While Zinn denied being a member of the Communist Party, there are former members who have stated Zinn was a Communist and a regular at party meetings. Moreover, there is no question about his membership in several Communist front organizations and his participation in Communist-inspired demonstrations.

Zinn’s first full-time teaching position was at...

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