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May 13, 2009 12:45 am

Riggenbach on Revisionism

Jeff Riggenbach's latest book, Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism has just been published by the Mises Institute. The entire text is also available online here. The book is less a dry, scholarly survey of historical debates and more a lively series of essays in the spirit of H. L. Mencken and Edmund Wilson. Choosing to be insightful rather than comprehensive, selective rather than definitive, Riggenbach even evaluates the historical fiction of Gore Vidal and Kenneth Roberts as well as the works of academic historians. I must confess he says nice things about my own book on the American Civil War. I don't always share his judgments but always find his presentation instructive and rewarding.

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