If you don’t know already, Powell’s puts a new review each day from a magazines and online sites. It’s great because they put up Atlantic pieces, which generally aren’t available to non-subscribers. Today’s review is especially worth reading. Charles Taylor reviews Deborah Lipstadt’s History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving. Irving is the “historian” who brought a libel suit against Lipstadt when she published a book accusing him of falsifying his work to favor his thesis, mainly that the Holocaust never happened. Taylor provides an insightful review not only of the book, but of the dangers of dismissing the whole story as a case of a disagreement of two historians. The story is larger than that and more important. Anti-semitism should never be dismissed lightly and that Lipstadt’s charges weren’t taken seriously by other prominent historians says something about how far we’ve come (which is not far enough). Giving Irving credit as a good “researcher” says that he has a valid point in his crackpot argument. It validates his point of view. Read Taylor’s article and you will see what I mean. Plus it has one of the best endings ever.