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Suppressed History: Obliterating Politically Correct Orthodoxies, B. Forrest Clayton, Armistead Publishing, 2004, 156 pp., $19.95.

This book practically shouts "right-wing wacko and proud of it!" Readers with a healthy tolerance for polemical prose will be rewarded with some surprising, stubborn facts assembled by a former history teacher fed up with the suppression of politically incorrect history.

Did you know that General Custer, maligned for fighting Indians, was a great hero of the Battle of Gettysburg? Or that the revisionist view that Davy Crockett did not die heroically defending the Alamo is based on a probably forged diary of a Mexican officer who had a motive to lie? Or that Charles Darwin was a racist greatly admired by Marx, Stalin and Hitler, and the full name of his most famous book is On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life? Or that the oldest human bones found in North and South America are Caucasoid and African, not American Indian?

Clayton assails other liberal articles of faith with inconvenient evidence, such as women in combat, environmentalist doomsday scenarios, macroevolution and pacific Islam. Readers of the Education Reporter will appreciate the following quote from a Chinese paleontologist: "In China we can criticize Darwin but not the government. In America you can criticize the government but not Darwin."

Especially hilarious is the recapitulation of the sorry, underreported Clinton Administration episode of the Kennewick Man, a 9,300-year-old skeleton found in Washington state and deemed so threatening to "native American" activist groups that the federal government, over the protests of scientists, turned the bones over to a tribe for burial in an undisclosed location and then poured 500 tons of dirt, rock and rubble over the discovery site to prevent more such discoveries. "But the media preferred to discuss Lewinsky Woman as opposed to Kennewick Man," quips Clayton.

The book is marred by inadequate editing and the authorís habit of interspersing interesting factoids with loaded statements such as "We must defend these heroes or else the edifice we call our culture will collapse, and then we shall all surely fall into the darkness of the abyss." Nevertheless, the authorís debunking of left-wing shibboleths from a Christian perspective is a valuable service. Edwin Meese III, a former U.S. Attorney General under President Reagan, endorsed the book.

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