Eric Alterman doesn’t like Zinn very much

Not surprised.

Personally, while I found the poetry and audacity of Zinn’s work exhilarating upon first encountering it, by the time I earned my history doctorate, it felt overly schematic, simplistic and ideologically driven. Politically, I also found myself at odds with Zinn, who supported Ralph Nader not only in 2000 but also in 2004 and even in 2008, and who recently judged Barack Obama’s approach to foreign policy to be “hardly any different from a Republican.”

Whilst I find Alterman’s subject matter interesting, I find that his articles are consistently boring, lack any insight, are poorly written, researched and argued.

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