In her acclaimed 1993 book, Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt called David Irving, a prolific writer of books on World War II, "one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial". The following year, after Lipstadt's book was published in the United Kingdom, Irving led a libel suit against Lipstadt and her publisher. She prepared her defense with the help of a first-rate team of solicitors, historians, and experts, and a dramatic trial unfolded.
Denial, previously published as History on Trial, is Lipstadt's riveting, blow-by-blow account of this singular legal battle, which resulted in a formal denunciation of a Holocaust denier that crippled the movement for years to come. Lipstadt's victory was proclaimed on the front page of major newspapers around the world, such as The Times (UK), which declared that "history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory".
©2005 Deborah E. Lipstadt. Introduction 2005 Anthony Lewis. Foreword 2016 David Hare. (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
An extremely thorough description of Lipstadt's defence of the defamation case brought against her by Holocaust denier David Irving. Even though the verdict is now a mattter of historical record she manages to capture the tension and uncertainty she experienced as the trial proceeded. A thoroughly bad man Irving exposes himself as much as the defence team reveal is lies, bigotory and grotesque inhumanity.
I could never understand even the existence of holocaust denial. Liebstadt's book and her heroic defense is truly educational and monumental in defeating not just Irving but all Holocaust deniers whether they accept that or not. Nicely narrated and well written.
"A must read"
This book is fascinating. I think Holocaust denial is very interesting and I loved being able to read a book that laid out the biggest arguments for Holocaust denial and how those arguments are met and addressed through historical fact and testimony.
"A lawyer's procedural"
It's like the second half of "Law & Order." I now understand what Oscar Wilde faced in the 1890's. Odd that British law had not advanced since then. Here's a team that literally beat the system, but it still took a massive effort.
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