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Someone recommended the book Non Zero. It looks very interesting but one well written negative review points out that while the author's previous book (The Moral Animal) was well researched and documented, this book seems to cherry pick the evidence to fit his "story arc".

For example, the review states:

This leads to breathtaking leaps of fact and logic, such as a passage attributing the "many millions who died in the Holocaust" to the 19th century German nationalism provoked "when industrialization swept lands that had just barely left the Middle Ages."

Please provide some significant examples of historical facts he got wrong.

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closed as too broad by American Luke, Drux, Tom Au, BrotherJack, Steven Drennon Jun 26 '13 at 12:18

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

It's a well intentioned question but as is seems too broad. I would recommend picking several historical facts (main ones - from the book, OR the review), explicitly listing them and asking if THOSE facts are historically supported. – DVK Feb 1 '12 at 15:22
I did get an example of a conclusion the book draw, which the review(er) claimed was inaccurate. – Clay Nichols Feb 2 '12 at 20:41
Looking at this I am still not sure what you are asking, your example notes a passage but not the context. If you have a question on the review note the full text here you are asking about, links to text are nice but do not last as once expected. Text and links change over time and your question may adjust due to that. – MichaelF Feb 16 '12 at 17:50
Are book reviews on topic for the site? – Tom Au May 24 '13 at 16:06
@TomAu I think it's ok to review a book, but this question seems to be a very general, "please provide some significant examples" -- I think we are talking about history, IMO the OP should ask "I read this book and I'm not sure if the fact XXX is correct, this review states not, is it true?" or something like this. I haven't read the book and in this question is not interesting in any way for me. – Voitcus Jun 25 '13 at 7:15

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