Robert M. Whaples, Hough Family Faculty Fellow and Professor of Economics, Wake Forest University, calls Mary Grabar’s Debunking Howard Zinn (Regnery 2019) the “best defense” against Zinn’s falsification of history. Whaples reviews Dr. Grabar’s book in the spring, 2020, issue of The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy.
Zinn, Whaples notes, stands as “[t]he most widely read historian in the United States today” even though his A People’s History of the United States represents a gross distortion and falsification of American history. A well-funded “Militant Zinndustrial Complex,” Whaples points out, has worked overtime in insinuating Zinn’s text into high-schools, colleges, and even governmental institutions. Thus, for many young people, the book that they have most studied to learn American history portrays the great experiment in republican government as a project “conceived in oppression” and “always. . . dedicated to oppression.” Whaples adds to Grabar’s long list of criticisms by identifying numerous economic untruths told by Zinn.
Dr. Grabar is Resident Fellow of The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI). She is currently completing a biography of the maverick African-American intellectual George Schuyler.