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Denying History: Holocaust Denial, Pseudohistory, and How We Know What Happened in the Past | [Michael Brant Shermer]

Denying History: Holocaust Denial, Pseudohistory, and How We Know What Happened in the Past

Denying History takes a bold and in-depth look at those who say the Holocaust never happened and explores the motivations behind such claims. While most commentators have dismissed the Holocaust deniers as antisemitic neo-Nazi thugs who do not deserve a response, historians Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman have immersed themselves in the minds and culture of these Holocaust "revisionists." In the process, they show how we can be certain that the Holocaust happened.
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Denying History takes a bold and in-depth look at those who say the Holocaust never happened and explores the motivations behind such claims. While most commentators have dismissed the Holocaust deniers as antisemitic neo-Nazi thugs who do not deserve a response, historians Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman have immersed themselves in the minds and culture of these Holocaust "revisionists." In the process, they show how we can be certain that the Holocaust happened and, for that matter, how we can confirm any historical event.

Includes an extensive analysis of other pseudohistory claims, such as the denial of the "rape of Nanking", the claim that Aristotle stole philosophy from African philosophers, the belief that early civilizations were egalitarian and peaceful, the notion that the Phoenicians (or the lost tribe of Israel) discovered America, and many others.

©2009 Michael Shermer; (P)2009 Michael Shermer

What the Critics Say

"Convincing.... A patiently stunning case that denies the deniers." (Los Angeles Times)
"Deserves a prominent place...especially for its survey of the flaws, fallacies and failings in the deniers' arguments." (Financial Times)
"An inventively thorough treatment....Important....A powerful weapon for anyone who cares about learning from the credible historical record." (Publishers Weekly)

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    James Audubon, NJ, United States 11-27-13
    James Audubon, NJ, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Important, scholarly work."
    What made the experience of listening to Denying History the most enjoyable?

    While I wouldn't say thus is an enjoyable read, it is very informative.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The topic of the book was a bit heavy to listen to all on one sitting.


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    This book talks about the Holocaust and some other examples of pseudo history, but it is 90% about the Holocaust, and barely touches on the rest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 01-26-13
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 01-26-13

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    "Fascinating Subject"

    At the risk of making it sound that I am mocking a serious matter, I believe certain things: Elvis is dead. The Earth is round. We did land on the moon. Oswald acted alone. There was a Holocaust.

    Who in their right mind can deny the Holocaust? It’s just amazing to me that people continue to refute it so vehemently and maintain that was just an elaborate hoax. It’s stupefying.

    I did not like the way the book presented the information, it was very “text-booky” and at times it felt like reading a bibliography. The beginning wasn’t even about the Holocaust at all, but rather about the theory of history – that part bored me.

    Although I can’t say learned anything new, I’d still recommend it because it’s basically a fascinating topic.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Lebanon, India 11-30-09
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    "Please don't let this guy read his own work!!!"

    The book itself is excellent. But he is NO narrator. It would have been a much better listen with a professional narrator. He sounds like a highschool kid in forensics class.

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