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Patriot’s history

This is an interview with Larry Schweikart, a history prof at the University of Dayton, about his new book, A Patriot’s History of the United States. I haven’t read into yet, but I’m betting that it’s better than most surveys, and if it’s any better than Paul Johnson’s A History of the American People, I’ll buy dozens! It almost goes without saying that it has to be better than Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, but I admit that is a low standard by which to judge.

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Did you know that intellectual giant Ben Affleck has optioned "A People’s History" for film?!?

He cannot seriously want to film an agitprop survey text; he couldn’t if he tried. So was there one particular chapter he liked? I am inclined to think that, as a movie star gazillionaire, optioning Zinn did not cost him much and demonstrated his lefty erudition. Actual erudition would be easier on his pocketbook, but far costlier for his self-image.

If he wants to spend conspicuously and actually learn something, I’ll sell him any one of my books by Jacques Barzun for $600 bucks a pop! Jeffery Burton Russell will cost more; my
pre-underlining key passages does not come cheap.

I’ll be waiting for response & rebuttal histories (reactions to Zinn’s tome) from Schramm & that other intellectual giant, "wm".

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