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
"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)
While I wouldn't say thus is an enjoyable read, it is very informative.
The topic of the book was a bit heavy to listen to all on one sitting.
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.
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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.
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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