Finkelstein's background

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Wed Aug 16 21:21:00 PDT 2000

Max Sawicky wrote:

>Also the Wieseltier quotes. You know Norman's doing
>something right.

He is. Norman's a thoroughly admirable guy. In the mid-80s, he pretty much destroyed Joan Peters' preposterous book From Time Immemorial, which claimed there weren't any Palestinians in Palestine in the 1940s. A few years ago, he pretty much destroyed Daniel Goldhagen. He did both jobs by, among other things, looking up the original sources both cited and found serious, um, misrepresentations. For this noble work, Norman has earned himself obscurity and poverty. Peters, though, completely disappeared from view, and Goldhagen has turned into an embarrassment for Harvard.


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