Denying History

  • by Michael Brant Shermer
  • Narrated by Michael Brant Shermer
  • 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Denying History takes a bold and in-depth look at those who say the Holocaust never happened and explores the motivations behind such claims. While most commentators have dismissed the Holocaust deniers as antisemitic neo-Nazi thugs who do not deserve a response, historians Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman have immersed themselves in the minds and culture of these Holocaust "revisionists." In the process, they show how we can be certain that the Holocaust happened and, for that matter, how we can confirm any historical event. Includes an extensive analysis of other pseudohistory claims, such as the denial of the "rape of Nanking", the claim that Aristotle stole philosophy from African philosophers, the belief that early civilizations were egalitarian and peaceful, the notion that the Phoenicians (or the lost tribe of Israel) discovered America, and many others.

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What the Critics Say

"Convincing.... A patiently stunning case that denies the deniers." (Los Angeles Times)
"Deserves a prominent place...especially for its survey of the flaws, fallacies and failings in the deniers' arguments." (Financial Times)
"An inventively thorough treatment....Important....A powerful weapon for anyone who cares about learning from the credible historical record." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Please don't let this guy read his own work!!!

The book itself is excellent. But he is NO narrator. It would have been a much better listen with a professional narrator. He sounds like a highschool kid in forensics class.
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- Laurie

Fascinating Subject

At the risk of making it sound that I am mocking a serious matter, I believe certain things: Elvis is dead. The Earth is round. We did land on the moon. Oswald acted alone. There was a Holocaust.

Who in their right mind can deny the Holocaust? It’s just amazing to me that people continue to refute it so vehemently and maintain that was just an elaborate hoax. It’s stupefying.

I did not like the way the book presented the information, it was very “text-booky” and at times it felt like reading a bibliography. The beginning wasn’t even about the Holocaust at all, but rather about the theory of history – that part bored me.

Although I can’t say learned anything new, I’d still recommend it because it’s basically a fascinating topic.
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- Simone

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2009
  • Publisher: Michael Shermer