Court Historians - Servile Scribes of State Power

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The list author says: "Court Historians" are the intellectual bodyguards of the State. They shape and defend the "official line" or interpretation on the State's wars, its presidential regimes, or other key historical events and public policies. As a result they enjoy high esteem and recognition in the mainstream media and academia. As defenders of the status quo they frequently attack and label their critics as "conspiracy theorists," "revisionists," "isolationists," "appeasers," "anti-intellectuals," or other boogie men, rather than engage in civil discourse or discussion.

As Murray N. Rothbard noted:

“All States are governed by a ruling class that is a minority of the population, and which subsists as a parasitic and exploitative burden upon the rest of society. Since its rule is exploitative and parasitic, the State must purchase the alliance of a group of “Court Intellectuals,” whose task is to bamboozle the public into accepting and celebrating the rule of its particular State. The Court Intellectuals have their work cut out for them. In exchange for their continuing work of apologetics and bamboozlement, the Court Intellectuals win their place as junior partners in the power, prestige, and loot extracted by the State apparatus from the deluded public. The noble task of Revisionism is to de-bamboozle: to penetrate the fog of lies and deception of the State and its Court Intellectuals, and to present to the public the true history of the motivation, the nature, and the consequences of State activity. By working past the fog of State deception to penetrate to the truth, to the reality behind the false appearances, the Revisionist works to delegitimize, to desanctify, the State in the eyes of the previously deceived public."

The first twenty books listed are by noted critics of the official "establishment consensus" point of view. The remaining volumes are by hagiographic "court historians."
Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism
1.  Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism by Jeff Riggenbach
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  "Revisionist myth-buster

Available online at Mises.org"
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Reassessing the Presidency : The Rise of the Executive State and the Decline of Freedom
2.  Reassessing the Presidency : The Rise of the Executive State and the Decline of Freedom by John V. Denson
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  "Revisionist myth-buster

Available online at Mises.org"
$24.71   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal
3.  Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal by Ralph Raico
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  "Revisionist myth-buster

Available online at Mises.org"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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The Costs of War: America's Pyrrhic Victories
4.  The Costs of War: America's Pyrrhic Victories by John V. Denson
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  "Revisionist myth-buster"
$44.60   Used & New from: $2.10
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

A Century of War: Lincoln, Wilson & Roosevelt
5.  A Century of War: Lincoln, Wilson & Roosevelt by John Denson
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  "Revisionist myth-buster

Available online at Mises.org"
$10.96   Used & New from: $5.97
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

The Roosevelt Myth
6.  The Roosevelt Myth by John T Flynn
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  "Revisionist myth-buster

Available online at Mises.org"
Out of stock
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace
7.  Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace by Harry Elmer Barnes
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  "Revisionist myth-buster

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Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War
8.  Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
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  "Revisionist myth-buster"
Used & New from: $1.44
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War
9.  The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
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  "Revisionist myth-buster"
$12.32   Used & New from: $5.13
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (509 customer reviews)

JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters
10.  JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by James W. Douglass
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  "Revisionist myth-buster"
$18.60   Used & New from: $7.30
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (471 customer reviews) | 14 customer discussions

The Dark Side of Camelot
11.  The Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour M. Hersh
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  "Revisionist myth-buster"
$18.00   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years
12.  Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years by Russ Baker
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  "Revisionist myth-buster"
$15.25   Used & New from: $3.85
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)

The Mafia, CIA and George Bush
13.  The Mafia, CIA and George Bush by Pete Brewton
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  "Revisionist myth-buster"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Bully Boy: The Truth About Theodore Roosevelt's Legacy
14.  Bully Boy: The Truth About Theodore Roosevelt's Legacy by Jim Powell
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  "Revisionist myth-buster"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Wilson's War: How Woodrow Wilson's Great Blunder Led to Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and World War II
15.  Wilson's War: How Woodrow Wilson's Great Blunder Led to Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and World War II by Jim Powell
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  "Revisionist myth-buster"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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America's Great Depression (Paperback)
16.  America's Great Depression (Paperback) by Murray N. Rothbard
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  "Revisionist myth-buster

Available online at Mises.org"
Used & New from: $5.09
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World
17.  Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World by Patrick J. Buchanan
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  "Revisionist myth-buster"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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The Triumph of Conservatism: A Reinterpretation of American History, 1900-1916
18.  The Triumph of Conservatism: A Reinterpretation of American History, 1900-1916 by Gabriel Kolko
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  "Revisionist myth-buster"
$19.40   Used & New from: $8.34
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Requiem for Marx
19.  Requiem for Marx by Yuri Maltsev
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  "Revisionist myth-buster

Available online at Mises.org"
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In Denial: Historians, Communism, and Espionage
20.  In Denial: Historians, Communism, and Espionage by John Earl Haynes
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  "Revisionist myth-buster"
$11.74   Used & New from: $4.49
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

The Paranoid Style in American Politics
21.  The Paranoid Style in American Politics by Richard Hofstadter
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  "Establishment "court history"
$10.96   Used & New from: $3.10
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life
22.  Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter
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  "Establishment "court history"
$13.86   Used & New from: $5.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made it
23.  The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made it by Richard Hofstadter
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  "Establishment "court history"
$14.96   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War
24.  A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War by Harry V. Jaffa
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  "Establishment "court history"
$22.17   Used & New from: $3.96
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt
25.  Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt by David G. McCullough
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  "Establishment "court history"
$21.88   Used & New from: $14.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)

Woodrow Wilson and the Progressive Era, 1910-1917 (Torchbooks)
26.  Woodrow Wilson and the Progressive Era, 1910-1917 (Torchbooks) by Arthur Stanley Link
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  "Establishment "court history"
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The Crisis of the Old Order: 1919-1933, The Age of Roosevelt, Volume I
27.  The Crisis of the Old Order: 1919-1933, The Age of Roosevelt, Volume I by Arthur Meier Schlesinger
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  "Establishment "court history"
$30.36   Used & New from: $1.38
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

The Coming of the New Deal, 1933-1935 (The Age of Roosevelt, Vol. 2)
28.  The Coming of the New Deal, 1933-1935 (The Age of Roosevelt, Vol. 2) by Arthur Meier Schlesinger
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  "Establishment "court history"
$14.46   Used & New from: $3.70
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

The Politics of Upheaval: 1935-1936, The Age of Roosevelt, Volume III (Vol 3)
29.  The Politics of Upheaval: 1935-1936, The Age of Roosevelt, Volume III (Vol 3) by Arthur Meier Schlesinger
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  "Establishment "court history"
$13.59   Used & New from: $1.48
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox: Vol. 1, 1882-1940
30.  Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox: Vol. 1, 1882-1940 by James MacGregor Burns
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  "Establishment "court history"
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Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom: Volume 2, 1940-1945
31.  Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom: Volume 2, 1940-1945 by James MacGregor Burns
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  "Establishment "court history"
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the challenge to isolation vol. 1
32.  the challenge to isolation vol. 1 
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  "Establishment "court history"
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The Challenge to Isolation: The World Crisis of 1937-1940 and American Foreign Policy (Volume II)
33.  The Challenge to Isolation: The World Crisis of 1937-1940 and American Foreign Policy (Volume II) by William L. And Gleason, S. Everett Langer
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  "Establishment "court history"
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Truman
34.  Truman by David G. McCullough
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  "Establishment "court history"
$15.27   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (850 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Eisenhower: Soldier and President (The Renowned One-Volume Life)
35.  Eisenhower: Soldier and President (The Renowned One-Volume Life) by Stephen E. Ambrose
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  "Establishment "court history"
$12.01   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House
36.  A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House by Arthur Meier Schlesinger
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  "Establishment "court history"
$11.99   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream: The Most Revealing Portrait of a President and Presidential Power Ever Written
37.  Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream: The Most Revealing Portrait of a President and Presidential Power Ever Written by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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  "Establishment "court history"
$13.20   Used & New from: $5.32
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

Why We Were in Vietnam
38.  Why We Were in Vietnam by Norman Podhoretz
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  "Establishment "court history"
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Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader
39.  Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader by Dinesh D'Souza
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  "Establishment "court history"
$10.09   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989
40.  Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989 by Michael R. Beschloss
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  "Establishment "court history"
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