Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Worst. History. Ever

The American History News Network has been having fun polling historians for their nomination of "the least credible history book in print."  Voting is still open.

The titles are pretty American: two Lincoln books and a Jefferson, plus Howard Zinn's People' History of the United States, which must have ruffled some feathers. (See the comments in the article for some pushback.)  But I smiled to see Gavin Menzies' pretty whacky 1421: The Year China Discovered America crack the top five.

At risk of spawning a festival of bitchiness, I'm tempted to ask for Canadian nominees for this list.  Actually, Paul Chiasson's Island of The Seven Cities, a Menzies-inspired argument about Chiasson's discovery of "ruins" that show how Chinese explorers colonized Cape Breton Island, might be a contender  But you may have others. Comments are open.
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