There are several history websites that I frequent, one of them being History News Network. About a week ago, there was a request made that the readers submit books that they deemed “the least credible history books in print.” It is amazing to me that there is a large enough selection of current books in print, aside from textbooks, that are historically inaccurate. (I will get into textbooks at a later date, but much sooner than later.) That a list of books can be compiled for polling purposes is appalling. Not only are there enough books to make a list, but the fact that there were so many nominations of the same text that it could easily and effortlessly qualify as a finalist is disgraceful. At the submission of this entry, there are over 1200 individuals that have voted between the five books that were listed. The list is as follows:
- The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson by David Barton
- The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War by Thomas DiLorenzo
- 1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies
- Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
- A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
I don’t know how there are numerous publications, such as these books, still in print. I would think that the historic community would band together, rise up, and demand for these books to be recalled. I myself haven’t had the “pleasure” of reading all of these books, but now I know which ones to avoid. If you are an avid reader of literature in the history genre, make sure you check out the poll here. There is a poll to vote on the books (vote if you have had the “opportunity” to read any of them) and reviews of the books by credible, qualified, historical professionals.