By Jon Wiener
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 Prizewinner 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 Prizewinning 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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