by Michael Parenti (Author)
In a compelling challenge to mainstream history, Michael Parenti does battle with a number of mass-marketed historical myths. He shows how history's victors distort and suppress the documentary record in order to perpetuate their power and privilege. And he demonstrates how historians are influenced by the professional and class environment in which they work. Pursuing themes ranging from antiquity to modern times, from the Inquisition and Joan of Arc to the anti-labor bias of present-day history textbooks, History As Mystery demonstrates in fascinating detail how past and present can inform each other and how history can be a truly exciting and engaging subject.
What they are saying about History As Mystery:
"Deserves to become an instant classic."
- Bertell Ollman, author of Dialectical Investigation
"Michael Parenti examines certainties of the past from CE 300 to just yesterday, probing how we know what we think we know. Often he shows that we don't think at all"
- James W. Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me
“Those who keep the past a secret, and lie about it, condemn us to repeat it. Michael Parenti unveils the history of falsified history, from the early Christian church to the present: a fascinating, darkly revelatory tale."
- Daniel Ellsberg, author of The Pentagon Papers
"With History As Mystery, Michael Parenti, always provocative and eloquent, gives us a lively as well as valuable critique of orthodoxy posing as 'history' "
- Howard Zinn
… well-considered manifesto for a history that serves as a weapon ‘in the age-old war for our intellectual emancipation’… Solid if surely controversial stuff.
- Kirkus Reviews
1. History As Miseducation
The Hunt for Real History
Textbooks: America the Beautiful
For Business, Against Labor
The School as Tool
Priests and Pagans, Saints and Slaves
Triumph of the One True Faith
Silencing the Pagans
Accepting the Powers that Be
Saints for Slavery
Bishops and Barbarians, Jezebels and Jews
The Myth of the Devout Peasant
The Curse of Eve
The Burning of Books
Preparing the Holocaust
History in the Faking
Suppression at the Point of Origin
Cold War in the Archives
Classified History, USA
Listening to the Muted Masses
In Ranke’s Footsteps
His Majesty’s Servant
An “Aristocratic Profession”
Purging the Reds
Publishing and “Privishing”
Marketing the Right Stuff
The Strange Death of President Zachary Taylor,
A Study in the Manufacture of Mainstream History
Examining the Examination
Confrontation with the Slavocracy
A Lethal Dose of Cherries and Milk?
Honorable Men and Official History
2. Against Psychopolitics
Depoliticizing the Political
Dubious Clinical Data
Lenin as Oedipus
The Compulsive Hoover
The Political Hoover
When the Political Becomes Personal
Michael Parenti, PhD Yale, is an internationally known author and lecturer. He is one of the nation's leadiing progressive political analysts. He is the author of over 250 published articles and seventeen books. His writings are published in popular periodicals, scholarly journals, and his op-ed pieces have been in leading newspapers such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. His informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad.