Monday, July 23, 2012

Plains Pops: History, Reading Lists, And Poetry Edition

A History News Network poll has determined the least credible history books in print:
Readers of the History News Network have voted David Barton's The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believe About Thomas Jefferson the least credible history book in print in a week-long HNN poll. The book edged out Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States by nine votes at the end of polling -- 650 votes versus 641. Commenters criticized the book for its gross factual errors and political agenda -- in an email to HNN, Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter, professors at Grove City College and authors of Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, wrote that "Barton misrepresents and distorts a host of Jefferson's ideas and actions, particularly his views and practices regarding religion, slavery and church-state relations." A commenter on HNN's boards noted that the book "looks like an intentional attempt to mislead and deceive in the guise of history. "
This animated characters read difficult books.

Rod Dreher discusses Wallace Stevens and asserts that one of Stevens's "gorgeous, pagan poem[s] is why the only Christianity that makes sense to me is the sacramental kind, Catholic or Orthodox."

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