Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Junk Historian Gavin Menzies

..., author of 1421 and now 1434, profiled rather sympathetically in the (British) Telegraph online.

It's striking how strong is the will to "debunk" history, to insist that there is an "official" version and that it is necessarily false. What follows from that is a tremendous willingness to be gulled, even from people who would not normally swallow nonsense on other subjects. The Telegraph writer labels informed criticism of Menzies as "apoplexy" and so on.

The part I really liked: "the usual advance for a history book is between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds."
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