Posted on | May 4, 2013 | 9 Comments
Burkely Herman is turning into a fun interlocutor on twitter since RSM delivered him a jolly spanking earlier today. There has been some feedback from BH. I’d like to chip in a paragraph from Paul Kengor’s “Dupes”
. . .Dr. Howard Zinn, a Boston University Professor. Zinn is an interesting case. He had been a World War II bombardier, a patriot, who went on to attend Columbia University for graduate school on the GI Bill, where he earned a master’s degree and a doctorate. With Columbia’s training, Zinn was primed for another kind of service. His work found a captive audience in POW camps in Hanoi, where the Vietcong so admired his arguments that it provided his material to detained airmen (that is, downed bombardiers). Specifically, the Vietcong stocked the prison library with Zinn’s book Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal. He eventually became a runaway bestselling historian, with his leftist work A People’s History of the United States a staple for many high-school history teachers and devoured by liberal college students. (p. 311)
Props to Zinn’s capitalism. I hope he enjoyed all of the money.
One wonders how much time Zinn spent at Columbia with the godless Commies. . .