The following is taken from a review of Parent's `History as mystery' by Dan Brook of `Z magazine'. I found the chapter on the death (and possible poisoning) of the 12th President Zachary Taylor, especially informative. I recommend for further reading: `The Parenti Reader.'
"The writing of history, Voltaire believed, should be one form of battle in the age-old war for our intellectual emancipation." This eloquent and persuasive book is for anyone interested in history, of course, but also for those with an interest in sociology, politics, psychology, pedagogy, media criticism, and the on-going culture wars. Parenti seeks to "deconstruct some of the filters, to show that much of mainstream history we are commonly taught, the popular version of events that enjoys maximum circulation, is seriously distorted in ways that serve or certainly reflect dominant socio-economic interests". Parenti's content is without doubt vital, while his style makes history--whether "ruling-class", "people's", or "real"--come alive! Voltaire would be proud and readers will be grateful for Parenti's unraveling of the mystery of history.''