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History News Network

History News Network (HNN) at George Washington University is a platform for historians writing about current events.


History News Network (HNN) is a non-profit corporation registered in Washington State. HNN was founded by Richard Shenkman, the author of Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of World History. Mr. Shenkman served as editor until his retirement in 2019. Historian Kyla Sommers is the current editor-in-chief. HNN sponsors several history-oriented blogs including Liberty and Power (coordinated by David T. Beito), and Jim Loewen.[1][2][3]

HNN, originally hosted by George Mason University, moved to George Washington University in 2017.[4]

Murray Polner was the long-time book editor for HNN.[5][6]

In 2012, HNN celebrated the Fourth of July by holding a contest to select the worst books about American history every published. Nominees David Barton's The Jefferson Lies, Michael Bellesiles's Arming America, Gavin Menzies's 1421 : The Year China Discovered America, and Richard G. Williams's 2006 book Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man's Friend.[2]


  1. ^ "History News Network» History News Network". Chnm.gmu.edu. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b "History News Network Celebrates Bad History Books". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "York College Professor Reviews For History News Network". York.cuny.edu. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ Warren, James (27 March 2017). "Media Report - Shenkman's New Home". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2017. Journalist-historian Rick Shenkman has found a new home for the History News Network, namely George Washington University, meaning "its future is now assured" after departing George Mason University.
  5. ^ "Murray Polner, founding and only editor of Present Tense magazine, dies at 91". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 2 June 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Roberts, Sam (5 June 2019). "Present Tense (magazine)". New York Times. Retrieved 2019.

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