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A Zinn Tidbit From “Dupes” By Kengor

Posted on | May 4, 2013 | 9 Comments

by Smitty

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. . .


  • JeffWeimer

    Reading BH’s response, two things are clear: He read the comments and didn’t read the whole of Stacy’s piece, or else he would have actually understood my comment.

  • richard mcenroe

    Does BH remind anyone else of the putz in Animal Housewho gets his guitar smashed, only with weaker wrists?

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    BH is just thrilled anyone gives a shit what he has to say.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Love the avatar.

  • JeffWeimer

    Well my boss said I had to have 34 pieces of flair, so…..

  • Garym

    Nice Office Space reference.

  • Mike G.

    What I told him was…Son, come back after you’ve raised a family and paid a few years of taxes.

  • Snickle Doodle

    Give the twitter user a break. It seems from what I can discern that these tweets are only a small part if his total 14K+ amount he’s tweeted since his account was created. I find it interesting this article links to the response but never rebuts ANY of the claims made except quoting that Zinn supposedly went to POW camps which I don’t think is even correct.