“Zinn-s” of the Father

Mitch Daniels is absolutely right… “A People’s History of the United States” is a fraud.  It is a best-selling fraud, but it isn’t the first, nor will it be the last  bad history book to reach an unwitting audience.   Zinn, an avowed Marxist (in life, not just academia) crafted a hymnal for New Left disciples to espouse anti-American gospels for generations to come.

This country made me a multimillionaire, but I hate it because this guy says I should !

Zinn’s true genius is the ability…. to pass Marxist bias and left-wing generalities off as actual scholarship.  He offers no research of his own, merely citing the work of others- to mock it with his unsubstantiated drivel.  Impressionable undergrads adore its simplicity while celebrities mine whatever anti-establishment credibility waving a well worn copy can win them.  Matt Damon  used his “academic” credentials (he played a genius once) to support a new edition following Zinn’s death in 2012.  The irony here is that Will Hunting (Damon) proposed a choice in that film–Gordon Wood or Howard Zinn- historian or huckster- sadly, too many eager students accept the cheap thrills of Zinn to the disciplined scholarship of Wood.

Wait ! Obama <hearts> Gordon Wood? He must be a traitor!

Zinn believed the United States was… founded by rich people, to perpetuate evil and oppress millions of the nameless and faceless.  These are the true heroes, the idealized workers who Zinn never really understands beyond Marxist caricatures.  Current historians pay obedient homage in fear that criticism may lead to academic backlash- Doris Kearns- Goodwin is the perfect example of a writer Zinn despised, yet she fawns over his legacy… the New Left has its lock-step.   Michael Kammen, the great historian at Cornell University, summarized Zinn succinctly ….

“Not only does the book read like a scissors and paste-pot job, but even less attractive, so much attention to historians, historiography and historical polemic leaves precious little space for the substance of history”



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8 responses to ““Zinn-s” of the Father

  1. I suppose that Zinn’s image should also be worn on the tee shirts the vapid left, along with Mao’s.

  2. I always assumed Zinn was a misunderstood humorist and that his book was the result of a bar bet. Could I have been mistaken?

  3. My son had to read Zinn’s book as a companion to the textbook in AP History. I made him read Paul Johnson’s book on America instead.

  4. There are those who will wrongly see The People Speak as a kind of “spoonful of sugar” approach to education. Get a celebrity to recite the words of Susan B. Anthony and all of a sudden, we’ll all want to be history buffs. But this isn’t Hollywood “slumming” in the land of radical chic. It is instead a bracing spectacle where our sacred history is reimagined by performance artists of tremendous craft. Consider the dramatic task at hand: they are attempting nothing less than turning politics into art. If Zinn and co-producers Arnove, Damon, Josh Brolin and Chris Moore pull this off, it holds the potential to introduce a new generation to Sojourner Truth, Eugene Debs, and perhaps most importantly of all, to the works of Howard Zinn.

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