Libraries see run on Zinn book after Daniels flap


Historian Howard Zinn's 1980 book offering alternative views of U.S. history is in high demand after a report that former Gov. Mitch Daniels tried to keep it out of Indiana classrooms.

Many libraries have ordered extra copies or have waiting lists after The Associated Press published emails last month in which Daniels referred to the book as "a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation" and sought assurance that it wasn't being used in Indiana's K-12 classrooms or counting as credit in teacher training classes.

The South Bend Tribune reports libraries around the state have seen a run on the book. The St. Joseph County Public Library has ordered 19 additional print copies and four electronic copies. Several other libraries have all copies checked out and lengthy waiting lists.

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