Historians in Trouble: Plagiarism, Fraud, and Politics in by Jon Wiener

By Jon Wiener

Historians in Trouble is investigative journalist and historian Jon Wiener’s "incisive and unique" (New Statesman, united kingdom) account of numerous of the main infamous historical past scandals of the previous couple of years.

Focusing on a dozen key controversies ranging around the political spectrum and representing a wide range of fees, Wiener seeks to appreciate why a few situations make the headlines and finish careers, whereas others don't. He appears on the good publicized instances of Michael Bellesiles, the historian of gun tradition accused of analysis fraud; accused plagiarists and "celebrity historians" Stephen Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwin; Pulitzer Prize–winner Joseph J. Ellis, who lied in his school room at Mount Holyoke approximately having fought in Vietnam; and the allegations of misconduct via Harvard’s Stephan Thernstrom and Emory’s Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, who however have been appointed through George W. Bush to the nationwide Council at the Humanities.

As the Bancroft Prize–winning historian Linda Gordon wrote in Dissent, Wiener’s "very readable ebook . . . reveal[s] not just scholarly misdeeds but in addition fresh raises in threats to loose debate and highbrow integrity."

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