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.
"The world isn't changing ."
This true event reminds me that for inapparent reasons, it appears necessary for groups of people to hate another group, to belittle, demean and sometimes kill the either singly or in small (re: Quebec mosque attack in February 2017) or very large (World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001) groups. It is a terrible commentary on human nature.
As for the book itself, it opens up the shadowy world of the Holocaust denier. It is well written but tends to go on too long and in too much detail on the day to day happenings of the trial. The emotional state of the players is well characterized. It was very hard to put it down.
The performance was superb.
I highly recommend this tome but make sure you have a strong stomach and maybe a box of tissues.
Loved it! Had a hard time putting it down. Worth every second. Need to listen to more than once to grasp everything!
"All hail victory for Lipstadt."
To think people like Irving exist sickens me. To begin to comprehend what D.L. had to go through is strengthening. What a struggle to go through that & still have people look down on you. Not I & this book enlightened me to her positive outlook & never give up attitude. Tell the truth & it shall set you free. Read this book & different perspectives unfold before you into a Web of insanity that plays out in a court system so different from ours in the US.
I enjoyed learning the depth of the facts of this case & truly both sides at that.
well told piece of history.
Well read, but the pauses in mid sentence started to irk me. perhaps it was to assist in the language impact or just the reader. Regardless it's well told enough to be able to look past it & continue to the end.
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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