Lies, Myths, and the Leftist/Secular Bias of History

A Listmania! list by The History Detective
The list author says: "Unfortunately the overwhelming majority of history textbooks and professors tend to distort events in such a way where leftism is always great, while conservatism/religion/the nobility/upper-class are always portrayed as evil. Here are some topics that challenge the Marxist view of history:

Flat Earth Myth/Galileo Affair: The former is a fairy tale, while the later is greatly over exaggerated, but both are used by Leftists to vilify conservatives/religion.

The "Dark Ages" (500AD - 1500AD): Another Leftist fairy tale. The Middle Ages was actually an era of: great technological/scientific innovation, the establishment of many universities, great economic/agricultural/manufacturing growth, the beginnings of capitalism, the end of slavery in Europe, the defeat of the Islamic invasions into Europe, and the birth of more individual rights.

Witch Hunts/Inquisition: Claims of millions being killed in these events have been debunked. Still terrible, but in reality about 35,000 died during the witch trials and a few thousand during the Inquisition.

Nazism: Conservative? If one looks at the economic/domestic policies of the National SOCIALIST Workers Party you will find that they are to the left of most present day leftist political parties.

Global Suffering: Many like to blame religion/conservatives for every war/disaster that has ever occurred, while leaving out the atrocities of Leftist/atheist governments. Socialist/Communist regimes of the French Revolution, Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot have brought death and misery to untold millions over the last 200+ years.

Taxes/Government: There are exceptions, but taxes were much lower and governments were far smaller before the 20th century. High taxes and intrusive big government do not regularly occur until the advent of Leftist/Democratic governments.

Remember the best weapon against the leftist monopoly over the history textbooks, college campuses, and the media is to read a well researched book."
The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success
1.  The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success by Rodney Stark
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  "This book is a must read for everyone. The title pretty much says it all. This book shows in detail just how Christianity has brought so much positive economic, scientific and social change to Europe over the last two millennia. If you want to hold on to the leftist lies and myths you learned in school regarding the “Dark Ages” or Christianity’s role in history then this book is not for you."
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How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization
2.  How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods
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For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led to Reformations, Science, Witch-Hunts, and the End of Slavery
3.  For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led to Reformations, Science, Witch-Hunts, and the End of Slavery by Rodney Stark
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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible (The Politically Incorrect Guides)
4.  The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible (The Politically Incorrect Guides) by Robert J. Hutchinson
The list author says:
  "Some topics covered include misconceptions about the Bible, the historical basis of the Bible and the positive contributions of religion to the world. It also shows how science developed in Christian Europe during the so called “Dark Ages”. The author gives a good list of those scientists who believed in God, thus showing that historically scientists were overwhelming believers and not atheists."
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What's So Great About Christianity
5.  What's So Great About Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza
The list author says:
  "D'Souza makes the argument for the existence of God, while picking apart atheist claims. He also demonstrates the positive contributions of Christianity throughout history. He debunks myths regarding the Crusades, witch hunts, the Dark Ages, the Inquisition, slavery and Galileo. The crimes of atheist and anti-Christian regimes like Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and other leftists are also highlighted."
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Leftism Revisited: From De Sade and Marx to Hitler and Pol Pot
6.  Leftism Revisited: From De Sade and Marx to Hitler and Pol Pot by Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
The list author says:
  "This book gives the horrific history of leftist governments from the French Revolution up until modern communist rulers like Pol Pot. To paraphrase Churchill, this book shows how leftist economic and domestic policies bring nothing but misery upon the world and are the true enemies of progress. The author also makes the case that the Nazis and Fascists were not conservatives but leftists."
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Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
7.  Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning by Jonah Goldberg
The list author says:
  "IThis is the best of book of 2008. Mr. Goldberg lays out the case that Fascism is a product of the Left and not the Right. Most importantly he makes the case that the Nazi’s were Leftists. The Nazi’s domestic and economic programs were typical of any Leftist regime. They were anti-capitalist, secularists, wanted a welfare state, and supported a plethora of other leftist big government programs."
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A Special Mission: Hitler's Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius the XII
8.  A Special Mission: Hitler's Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius the XII by Dan Kurzman
The list author says:
  "This book is about the fascinating plot of how Hitler wanted to kidnap and possibly kill the Pope. It also shows how Hitler and many of his advisors like Goebbels, Himmler, and Bormann were either atheists or held anti-Christian views. Unlike what is portrayed in history textbooks Hitler wanted to destroy Christianity and replace it with a Nazi cult, where he would be the spiritual leader."
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Heaven On Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism
9.  Heaven On Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism by Joshua Muravchik
The list author says:
  "The author, a former socialist himself, explains the origins of socialism and goes over the many different types of socialism ranging from Marxism, Communism, Nazism, Christian Socialism, and the British Labour party. You will see that many socialist leaders through the years have promised heaven on Earth, but have instead created a living hell."
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Earthly Powers: The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe, from the French Revolution to the Great War
10.  Earthly Powers: The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe, from the French Revolution to the Great War by Michael Burleigh
The list author says:
  "This well written book documents the war on religion and conservative values since the French Revolution. It goes over the different leftist movements in every major European country from the years 1789 to 1918. You will see how leftism came to dominate Europe and turned it into the withering secular state it is today. Being one generation out of Europe I pray one day things will turn around."
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Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics, from the Great War to the War on Terror
11.  Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics, from the Great War to the War on Terror by Michael Burleigh
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The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression
12.  The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression by Jean-Louis Panné
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Death by Government
13.  Death by Government by R. J. Rummel
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From the Gulag to the Killing Fields: Personal Accounts of Political Violence and Repression in Communist States
14.  From the Gulag to the Killing Fields: Personal Accounts of Political Violence and Repression in Communist States by Paul Hollander
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Faces Of Janus: Marxism And Fascism In The Twentieth Century
15.  Faces Of Janus: Marxism And Fascism In The Twentieth Century by James A. Gregor
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Mao: The Unknown Story
16.  Mao: The Unknown Story by Jon Halliday
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For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization
17.  For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization by Charles Adams
The list author says:
  "It is interesting to see just how much lower taxes were under the rule of emperors, kings, queens, and others before the 20th century. You will see how common tax revolts once were, how low tax rates spur economic growth, and that over taxation destroys civilizations. It really makes you think that taxes should be very low, just enough for governments to fund defense, infrastructure, and science."
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Those Dirty Rotten Taxes: The Tax Revolts that Built America
18.  Those Dirty Rotten Taxes: The Tax Revolts that Built America by Charles Adams
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  "This tax book focuses on American tax history and it is simply amazing how much lower taxes were pre-20th century. You will see that one big problem has always been creating a tax that is both uniform and fair. The book shows how the income tax developed and how the IRS abuses its power. The case is clearly made that lower taxes benefit everyone, while higher taxes always bring misery to all."
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6 Modern Myths About Christianity & Western Civilization
19.  6 Modern Myths About Christianity & Western Civilization by Philip Sampson
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Not So!: Popular Myths About America From Columbus to Clinton
20.  Not So!: Popular Myths About America From Columbus to Clinton by Paul F. Boller
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Legends , Lies  & Cherished Myths of World History
21.  Legends , Lies & Cherished Myths of World History by Richard Shenkman
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Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History
22.  Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History by Richard Shenkman
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Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and Modern Historians
23.  Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and Modern Historians by Jeffrey Burton Russell
The list author says:
  "This book outlines how the Flat Earth myth began and why it is still extant. This fairy tale by Washington Irving was snatched up by leftist/atheists historians and placed into history books as fact. In reality the Church knew the Earth was round and also roughly knew its circumference. Columbus underestimated this circumference, making him think the trip from Europe to Asia was much shorter."
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God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades
24.  God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark
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Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion
25.  Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion by Ronald L. Numbers
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Those Terrible Middle Ages: Debunking the Myths
26.  Those Terrible Middle Ages: Debunking the Myths by Régine Pernoud
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God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science
27.  God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science by James Hannam
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Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity
28.  Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity by Michael Coren
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Seven Lies About Catholic History: Infamous Myths about the Church's Past and How to Answer Them
29.  Seven Lies About Catholic History: Infamous Myths about the Church's Past and How to Answer Them by Diane Moczar
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God and Reason in the Middle Ages
30.  God and Reason in the Middle Ages by Edward Grant
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  "Like many of his other books, Mr. Grant shows how modern science began in Medieval Europe. He goes over the many inventions of this era and profiles its great thinkers like Oresme and Buridan. You will also see that economically, in terms of agriculture and manufacturing, Medieval Europe outpaced the Roman Empire by the 9th century. He also addresses the reasons behind the “Dark Ages” myth."
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The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages: Their Religious, Institutional and Intellectual Contexts (Cambridge Studies in the History of Science)
31.  The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages: Their Religious, Institutional and Intellectual Contexts (Cambridge Studies in the History of Science) by Edward Grant
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Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages
32.  Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages by Joseph Gies
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Medieval Machine: The Industrial Revolution of the Middle Ages
33.  Medieval Machine: The Industrial Revolution of the Middle Ages by Jean Gimpel
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Religion and the Rise of Western Culture
34.  Religion and the Rise of Western Culture by Christopher Dawson
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Science and Religion, 400 B.C. to A.D. 1550: From Aristotle to Copernicus
35.  Science and Religion, 400 B.C. to A.D. 1550: From Aristotle to Copernicus by Edward Grant
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  "This is another great book by Edward Grant. Like his other books he shows how religion has supported science throughout history, in this case from 400 BC to 1550 AD, and how it has played an important role in the lives of histories greatest thinkers. One warning with the Edward Grant books is that sometimes I find it not the easiest and quickest of reads."
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Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction
36.  Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction by Gary B. Ferngren
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  "Though sometimes this book tries too hard to play things down the middle, it still has many articles showing how religion has supported and played an important role in the development of science. It also shows how religion played in important role in the personal lives of many of the greatest scientists of all time. The books many articles range in time from Aristotle to the modern day."
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Science and Religion, 1450-1900: From Copernicus to Darwin (Greenwood Guides to Science and Religion)
37.  Science and Religion, 1450-1900: From Copernicus to Darwin (Greenwood Guides to Science and Religion) by Richard Olson
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Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies: Issue by Issue Responses to the Most Common Claims of the Left from A to Z
38.  Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies: Issue by Issue Responses to the Most Common Claims of the Left from A to Z by Gregg Jackson
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The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History
39.  The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods
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  "I give this book a moderate recommendation, unlike Mr. Woods great book on the Catholic Church. He makes some great points, like how bad the New Deal was for America, the dangers of political correctness, and the benefits of a having a conservative small government. I did not like his isolationist/libertarian views on America’s involvement its wars, especially when it comes to WWI and WWII."
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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)
40.  The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) by Robert Spencer
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